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Woman protester climbs Statue of Liberty 

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A woman was taken into custody after she climbed up to the robes of the Statue of Liberty to protest against President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, prompting the separation of thousands of children from their immigrant parents… reports Asian Lite News

 

NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on Jan. 22, 2018 shows the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York, the United States. New York City's iconic landmark the Statue of Liberty reopened Monday at the expense of state funds following a brief closure as a result of the U.S. federal government shutdown. According to a news release published on New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's website, the cost of keeping the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island open is 65,000 U.S. dollars per day. (Xinhua/Wang Ying/IANS) by .
Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in NewYork

Authorities on Wednesday tried to talk the woman identified as Therese Patricia Okoumou, down but she refused to leave, reports CNN.

For nearly three hours, she crossed the base of the statue, at times sitting in the folds of the statue’s dress and under Lady Liberty’s sandal.

Okoumou was part of a group of protesters and had declared that she wouldn’t come down until “all the children are released”, a New York Police Department source told CNN.

She was brought down the statue with the help of about 16 officers with the New York City Police Department, Officer Brian Glacken said in a news conference Wednesday evening.

Earlier on Wednesday, other protesters unfurled a banner over a railing around the base of the statue saying “Abolish ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)!”

At least seven people were arrested on Liberty Island and the site was closed to visitors.