Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

At least six protesters arrested after hanging banner from Statue of Liberty

At least six protesters arrested after hanging banner from Statue of Liberty

As TV news covered the incident live all afternoon, Okoumou stationed herself at the bottom of the statue, lounging under Lady Liberty's shoe and sitting in the folds of her dress. Pix 11 livestream screen capture from Facebook.

News helicopter video showed two New York Police Department officers, attached to tethers, climb up to the base around 6:15 p.m. Ellis Island, located next to Liberty Island, served as a processing center for more than 12 million immigrants between 1892 and 1954, according to the National Park Service.

At least six people were arrested for hanging a banner around the base of the statue that read "Abolish ICE", referring to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency at the forefront of the immigration debate.

Police could be seen talking with the woman in an apparent attempt to coax her down via a ladder that had been secured to the statue's pedestal.

They too were facing misdemeanour federal charges, Mr Willis said.

A group called Rise and Resist said on Facebook that Okoumou was part of its Fourth of July protest at the base of the statue against immigration policy.

Media reports identify the woman as Therese Okoumou.

Okoumou is a member of the group Rise and Resist.

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 global outcry.

ICE stands for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and has been the target of numerous protests across the U.S. since the Trump administration began separating thousands of children from their families as they tried to cross the Mexico border illegally.

Martin Joseph Quinn, an organizer of with the group, told CNN the climb was not supposed to be a part of their demonstration Wednesday.

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

The large banner said "Abolish I.C.E".

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said the president's immigration policy is a step forward for public safety. In particular, activists have protested against the practice of separating migrant children from their parents at the border and putting them in detention centers.

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