Protesters Drop "Abolish ICE" Banner from Statue of Liberty

Protesters Drop

Protesters Drop "Abolish ICE" Banner from Statue of Liberty

"She would not come down by voice command", National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis told AFP.

ICE refers to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, whose recent reatment of families who have crossed illegally into the United States from Mexico provoked an worldwide outcry.

The park service was reviewing security videotape to try to determine how the woman made the climb, Willis said.

WABC reports the woman started climbing around 3 p.m. ET, shortly after a protest group called Rise and Resist revealed a banner calling for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Not long after the first report came out about the climber, social media was buzzing with numerous incident reports and photos of the craziness happening in NY.

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) introduced the bill following a trip to the southern U.S. border, where he noticed the "cruel, inhumane and un-American policies taking place at the border that are now a direct result of actions by [President] Donald Trump".

'Dozens of tourists cheered on the activists, and the protest was broadcast via live stream over social media, ' they said. She refused to go to the police and would not leave or come down. Earlier in the day, Okoumou and dozens of other group members unfurled an "Abolish ICE" banner at the statue's pedestal.

"(This) alarmed the public and endangered her own life and the lives of the NYPD officers who responded to the scene", U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said.

Okoumou, who emigrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1994, highlighted her opposition to the Trump administration and its immigration policies.

An organiser of the group, Martin Joseph Quinn, said that the woman's actions were not a part of the protests planned against Trump's immigration policies. They were holding off a banner that stated "Abolish ICE". But Trump said on Twitter last week that abolishing ICE will "never happen!"

In 2000, 12 people protesting the Navy's use of the Puerto Rican Island of Vieques for bombing exercises were arrested after a man climbed out on the spires of the statue's crown and attached flags and banners to it.

In February past year, protesters hung a giant "Refugees Welcome" banner across the Liberty statue's observation deck.

The statue, a gift from France, was dedicated in 1886.

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