Statue of Liberty closed after immigration protest banner, climber

ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK
Published 05.07.2018 00:47
This still image taken from video Courtesy of PIX11 News in New York, shows police talking to a woman who climbed to the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York on July 4, 2018. (AFP Photo)
This still image taken from video Courtesy of PIX11 News in New York, shows police talking to a woman who climbed to the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York on July 4, 2018. (AFP Photo)

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

A person climbed the statue's base on the Fourth of July shortly after several people were arrested after hanging a banner from the statue's pedestal calling for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

News helicopter video showed the climber sitting Wednesday by the bottom of the statue's robes, about 100 feet (30 meters) above ground. Police nearby tried to persuade the climber to descend.

Earlier, National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis said at least six people were taken into custody for the banner, which read "Abolish I.C.E.," referring to part of the Department of Homeland Security.

Willis says federal regulations prohibit hanging banners from the monument.

Banner organizing group Rise and Resist says the climber isn't connected to its demonstration.

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