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

A woman has climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty and seven people have been arrested on Liberty Island all of whom are believed to be protesters law enforcement sources told CNN

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

As TV news covered the incident live all afternoon, Okoumou stationed herself at the bottom of the statue, lounging under Lady Liberty's shoe and sitting in the folds of her dress. 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.

A woman was arrested after staging a protest against President Donald Trump's separation of migrant families by climbing the Statue of Liberty and forcing its evacuation on Independence Day.

Willis says federal code of regulations prohibits hanging banners from the monument.

A group called Rise and Resist said on Facebook that Okoumou was part of its Fourth of July protest at the base of the statue against immigration policy.

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Images on social media show the large banner unfurled at the base of the statue.

CNN reported that seven people were taken into custody then.

Thousands of people were evacuated from Liberty Island on July 4 after a woman scaled the monument to protest the Trump administration's immigration policies and refused to come down.

The group denied any connection to the climber, however.

Demonstrations have recently taken place across the country after it emerged that Ice agents had separated thousands of young children from parents who had entered the USA illegally.

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"Abolish ICE" has become a rallying cry at protests around the country and for some Democratic officeholders seeking to boost their progressive credentials. Trump has said on Twitter that abolishing ICE will "never happen!"

United States media reports that the island has been evacuated "as a precaution", citing local police.

The sign read, "Abolish I.C.E". It was removed after an hour of being discovered, AP reports.

The statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886 and was designated a national monument in 1924.

The woman has been identified as Therese Patricia Okoumou, according to the Associated Press.

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