Woman scales Statue of Liberty; Seen waving cloth and laying at foot of statue

Posted at 1:21 PM, Jul 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-04 21:06:03-04

NEW YORK (KGTV) – After more than two hours, police took the woman who climbed onto the Statue of Liberty into custody late Wednesday afternoon.

Witnesses visiting New York's Statue of Liberty reported a woman had climbed the monument to the statue's base around 3 p.m. ET, after a protest group calling itself "Rise and Resist" dropped a banner reading "Abolish ICE" from the bottom of the statue, according to ABC-affiliate WABC and CNN.

The Rise and Resist demonstration was reportedly organized to protest the Trump Administration's immigration policy. Seven people from that protest were arrested, according to CNN.

At first, the group said the woman who climbed the statue was not involved in the "Abolish ICE" protest.

Later, members said they learned her identity and realized that she was a member of the group.

They said she had not been sent or authorized by the group to climb the statue, nor had she told them of her plans to climb the monument.

She person has been seen waving a shirt around and laying down, with crews close by on a ladder. The shirt read “Rise and Resist” and “Trump Care Makes Us Sick.”

U.S. Parks Police evacuated visitors from Liberty Island while emergency personnel worked to get the woman down, according to WABC. NYPD also had three emergency units and a harbor unit on the scene.

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