The New York Parks State Police have evacuated Liberty Island of tourists after a woman climbed to the base of the Statue of Liberty. The woman appeared to be moving occasionally and waving a t-shirt at times. At other times she was seen lying on her stomach and kicking her feet up behind her.
It was not immediately clear if she was protesting anything in particular. National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis told ABC Eyewitness News.
“We’ve had two unusual events occur back-to-back. So for the safety and security of our visitors, we decided to evacuate for the day.
It’s our busiest week of the year, historically. The island at this time of the day is mostly near capacity, at 4,000 to 4,500 people. All boats have been tasked will moving people off the island. We have an evacation plan. Given the heat of the day, the visitors complied with no issues.“
Reports of a person scaling the statue started coming in around 3 p.m. today, shortly after a protest group calling itself Rise and Resist dropped a banner that read
from the base of the statue.
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) July 4, 2018
— Danny Owens (@HelloDannyOwens) July 4, 2018
Rise and Resist is at the Statue of Liberty demanding Trump and the GOP #AbolishICE, reunite families now, halt deportations, and end detention as a deterrent. #EndFamilySeparation #AbolishCBP #FreeOurFuture #HereToStay pic.twitter.com/panS03KTFe
— Rise and Resist (@riseandresistny) July 4, 2018
(via ABC News)