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05 July 2018, 02:43 | Erica Roy
Liberty Island Evacuated As Woman Climbs Lady Liberty In Apparent Protest
National Park Service Spokesperson Jerry Willis says people on Liberty Island were being taken to neighboring Ellis Island, Battery Park in New York City or Liberty State Park in New Jersey.
Tourists were evacuated from Liberty Island in New York Harbour after a woman climbed up on to the Statue of Liberty and sat on the monument's base.
Police in NY were responding Wednesday afternoon to a woman climbing the Statue of Liberty.
The organization "Rise and Resist" claimed responsibility for the banner protest, but said the woman's stunt was not part of the plan.
Seven other protesters were displaying banners, which read "Abolish ICE!" below her. He said federal regulations prohibit hanging banners from the monument.
She tried to climb higher again as rescuers inched even closer but still failed to make progress.
Immigration activists continue to demand the Trump administration end its zero tolerance policy of separating illegal immigrant families at the border. The statement did not say whether or not the climber was a member of their group. Police officers watched from below as they attempted to coax her down, then brought out a ladder and other climbing gear to physically get to her. NYPD's highly trained emergency services and aviation units were responding along with U.S. Park Police.
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 protester climbed all the way to the very base of the statue, itself, sitting just below Lady Liberty's raised heel.
Park officials are reportedly negotiating with the woman to come down. Trump has said on Twitter that abolishing ICE will "never happen!" "While it was not part of our action, our first priority and concern is for the safety of the climber".
- The 4th of July at Liberty Island was a chaotic holiday.
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