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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 9:48 a.m., Thursday, May 18, 2006

Med school's doors unchained after protest

Advertiser Staff

The doors to the University of Hawaii-Manoa's School of Medicine were unchained at 9:30 a.m. today so the school's Board of Regents could start their meeting.

Three entry ways to the school had been chained at 8:45 a.m. by a group of about 40 Native Hawaiians who were protesting taro patents by UH-Manoa researchers. The protesters were led by Walter Ritte of Molokai.

The protest caused a half-hour delay to the board's meeting.

No police were called to the site.

Board of Regents chairwoman Kitty Lagareta was the first to enter the building.