Iolani Palace
Photo: Emily Metcalf
Iolani Palace
Photo: Emily Metcalf

Nearly two dozen protestors were arrested Monday night after refusing to leave Iolani Palace.

This after the state announced it would close the grounds of ‘Iolani Palace at 5 pm Monday until November 15, 2011 at 6 am.

According to Attorney General David Louie and William Aila, Chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, “this action has been deemed necessary for the protection of the area and for the safety and welfare of persons and property.”

A statement from the Attorney General’s office said this closure is part of the “state’s effort to secure and protect several critical state areas during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.”

The group is made up of sovereignty activists who believe they are the true Hawaiian rulers of Hawaii.

They were given an opportunity to leave peacefully and remove their possessions but they refused.

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