Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Iolani Palace Occupied by "Kingdom Government Group"

"Protest leader Mahealani Kahau said the group doesn't recognize Hawaii as a U.S. state."

FOX News (4-30-08) reports:

A Native Hawaiian group that advocates sovereignty for the U.S. state locked the gates of a historic palace Wednesday in downtown Honolulu, saying it would carry out the business of what it considers the legitimate government of the islands.

State deputy sheriffs weren't allowing anyone else to enter Iolani Palace grounds as unarmed security guards from the Hawaiian Kingdom Government group blocked all gates to the palace, which is adjacent to the state Capitol.

Arrest warrants were being prepared and would probably be served on the 60 or so protesters later in the day, officials said. Protest leaders said they were prepared to be arrested and would go peacefully.

Protest leader Mahealani Kahau said the group doesn't recognize Hawaii as a U.S. state. Supporters planned to keep the protest peaceful and if evicted would return later, she said. [Full text]

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