A woman climbed Statue of Liberty’s base protesting against the US immigration policy. The area was evacuated as many other protestors hung a banner on statue’s pedestal on Fourth of July.
Almost 100 feet above the ground the woman climbed and stayed there for at least four hours as the police tried to settle the matter. Then two New York Police Department officers climbed over to the base where she was standing. She climbed down through a ladder and was arrested.
Police say Black woman climbing Statue of Liberty says she will not come down willingly until 'All the children have been released.'" pic.twitter.com/cgCnHjBwMB
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Officer Brian Glacken said that “At first, she wasn’t friendly with us, but we took the time to get a rapport with her so that took a while.
Adding, “She just kind of mentioned the kids in Texas. I guess the whole debate that’s going on about that. In the beginning, she threatened to push us off, push the ladder off, but we stayed with her.”
“At first she was being a little combative, then she was willing to cooperate with us. She actually apologized to us for having to go up and get her.”
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Jay W. Walker, a member of Rise and Resist that organized the protest, said that the woman had earlier displayed a banner asking for the end of federal government’s chief immigration enforcement agency. Initially, the group said that the woman had “no connection” to the demonstration. Later Walker confirmed that she was involved but nobody knew that she would climb to the Statue of Liberty as it was not planned or part of the protest.
Walker said, “None of us know how she got up there.”
Due to this woman climber, the visitors were compelled to leave the Liberty Island much earlier before its actual closing time. At least six protesters were arrested for putting a banner that read “Abolish I.C.E.” The message clearly stated to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement which is part of the Department of Homeland Security.