The Rock protests against Telescope in Hawaii. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson joined the protest Wednesday against the arrival of a giant telescope in Hawaii.
“I support you,” said the 47-year-old Fast & Furious star to the assembled demonstrators,
who has been standing at the foot of Mauna Kea Mountain for a week and a half?
Johnson received a warm welcome and spoke with the leaders of the indigenous population.
In his hour-long visit, he called for “leadership with empathy.”
“I wanted to come here and show our people that I support them.
What I realised today, of course, I have been following this for years, is that it is about more than a telescope.
It’s about compassion, about culture.
It’s about Polynesians who are willing to die for this country.
It’s not about stopping progress.
It’s about respecting the culture. “
The actor has offered to act as a mediator between the demonstrators and the authorities.
Dwayne knows the area well. He grew up in Honolulu and had a Polynesian background.
For years it has been planned that a 30-meter high telescope will be built on Mount Mauna Kea.
The indigenous population fears that construction will damage a holy place.
Construction had to start in 2015, but at the time the resistance was so intense that it was postponed.