Monday, 24 September, 2018

ICE protesters arrested at Statue of Liberty

Woman tries to climb Statue of Liberty in apparent protest of ICE A woman climbs the Statue of Liberty
Faye Gross | 05 July, 2018, 08:40

Rise and Resist member Jay Walker told the New York Daily News that she's joined the group weekly for protests over the past four to five months over Trump's various immigration crackdowns.

The earlier demonstration involving the "Abolish Ice" slogan is linked to a long-running protest against the government's Immigration and Customs Enforcement body, the agency responsible for identifying and removing undocumented immigrants throughout the US. So far, it is unclear whether the woman who climbed the massive statue was involved in the protest, but many are assuming so. They appeared to be talking with the woman.

Earlier, seven people were arrested on suspicion of unlawful protest after putting a banner that read "Abolish I.C.E." on the statue.

Puerto Rican nationalists occupied the statue for nine hours and draped its forehead with a Puerto Rican flag in 1977, demanding independence for the island.

National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis told The Associated Press the individuals were taken into custody around 2:30 p.m.

Several people hung a banner from the statue's pedestal calling for the abolition of ICE.

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Police are on scene and the monument was being evacuated, according to reports. Officers, using ladders, had climbed within a few feet of her and were negotiating with her.

The activist group behind the banner, Rise and Resist, tweeted that the climber wasn't connected to its demonstration and expressed concern for the climber's safety.

New York-based Rise and Resist opposes President Donald Trump's administration and advocates ending deportations and family separations at the US-Mexico border.

United States media reports that the island has been evacuated "as a precaution", citing local police. Six people were arrested after the stunt.

Officials say the Island was evacuated and all visitors were taken off by ferry.

Activists with the group Rise and Resist say they hung the banner to protest us immigration policy.

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