Published: Thu, July 05, 2018

Protester climbs Statue of Liberty on 4 July

Protester climbs Statue of Liberty on 4 July

Okoumou was reportedly one of 40 protesters from the activist group Rise and Resist New York that had earlier unfurled a banner at the base of the Statue of Liberty that said "Abolish ICE" - referring to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Tourists have been evacuated from Liberty Island in NY after a woman climbed up on to the Statue of Liberty and sat at the monument's base.

Police with safety ropes had to grab her and bring her down as she sat under the sandal of the statue.

The large banner said "Abolish ICE". Liberty Island, crowded with visitors on the July 4th holiday, was evacuated as police responded and attempted to coax her down. Video shows her walking, sitting and lying down on different parts of the statue's base near the foot and robes. But Quinn added her climb was not part of the planned protest today.

Willis said federal regulations prohibit hanging banners from the monument. Seven people had been arrested on Wednesday afternoon and it was believed that they were all protesters. She was holding a t-shirt that says "Rise and Resist" and "Trump Care Makes Us Sick". The group initially tweeted that the climber had no connection to the protest. For about three hours the protestor walked around the base until eventually, after a stand-off at about 6.30 p.m., rescuers from the New York Police Department's Emergency Service Unit safely cornered and escorted her off the statue. They oppose President Trump's administration and advocate ending deportations and family separations at the U.S. -Mexico border.

A poem by Emma Lazarus inscribed on a bronze plaque, and located in the Statue of Liberty's museum, is seen by many as embodying the spirit of America, particularly in the lines: "Give me your exhausted, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free".

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

The group says the person who scaled the monument base is not affiliated with them. Trump has said on Twitter that abolishing ICE will "never happen!"

While the policy was abandoned, it is still unclear how and when some 2,000 migrant children will be reunited with their parents.

Protests and evacuations at the Statue of Liberty are rare but not unheard of. So far, it is unclear whether the woman who climbed the massive statue was involved in the protest, but many are assuming so.

The statue, a gift from France, was dedicated in 1886.

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