Liberty Island being evacuated because of protest against ICE

Woman Scales Statue of Liberty After Ten 'Abolish ICE' Protestors Arrested

A woman protesting USA immigration policy climbed the Statue of Liberty's base and forced the monument's evacuation on the Fourth of July hours after several other demonstrators had hung a banner on the statue's pedestal and had been arrested.

The climber's safety was in question for hours as she played cat-and-mouse with NY police and Park Service officers trying to coax her out from among the green copper folds of the Statue of Liberty's robe.

The woman who scaled the base of the Statue of Liberty Wednesday has been apprehended.

Willis says federal code of regulations prohibits hanging banners from the monument. A group called "Rise and Resist" had protested the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's behavior, with "Abolish ICE" banners at the landmark.

Court documents show Davidson said he wanted his sculpture, like the rest of the casino-resort's facade, to have the feel of New York's iconic skyline without duplicating it.

Cruise operator Statue Cruises said it had to turn away more than 2,000 people waiting to take their tour to the famed statue.

After about seven people were arrested in that demonstration, Okoumou walked to another part of the statue base and refused to move "until all the children are released", a New York Police Department official told CNN.

In this image made from video by PIX11, a woman leans against the robes of the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, in New York, July 4, 2018.

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The group denied any connection to the climber, however. "People have the right to speak out".

As a result of the crackdown, distraught children were separated from their families and, according to widely broadcast pictures, held in chain-link enclosures.

Walker said the theme of the protest was that Lady Liberty is weeping over the unconstitutional excesses of ICE under the Trump administration.

Liberty Island has been evacuated because of a climber at the Statue of Liberty.

The whole island was evacuated as a precaution.

The large banner said "Abolish ICE". The sign was taken down about an hour after being discovered.

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886 and has served as a symbol of the U.S.as a country of immigrants.

Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo contributed from Los Angeles.

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