About 20 Oahu wind farm protesters arrested

KAHUKU — In the latest Hawaii protest of a controversial project, police arrested at least 20 people attempting to block equipment from traveling to a wind farm construction site.

Opponents have been fighting the project planned for Oahu’s North Shore for about a decade. Protests intensified over the weekend, with some saying they’re inspired by the success of protesters blocking construction of a giant telescope on the Big Island.

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Protesters gathered late Thursday at a site where an equipment convoy was stationed.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports protesters duct-taped and plastic-tied themselves together in the middle of a road before arrests began.

Hawaii News Now reports protesters were arrested for disobeying officers.

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Police gathered at the construction site Friday as the convoy arrived.

Opponents say the turbines cause health problems and are noisy.

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