ICE protesters arrested at Statue of Liberty

Protester climbs State of Liberty on Independence Day

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.

Liberty Island has been evacuated while they attempt to get her down, according to Jerry Willis with the National Park Service.

While the seven protesting beneath the statue were arrested shortly after protests began, authorities tried persuading the woman at the base of the statue to climb down.

Okoumou's climb forced the evacuation of the monument on the Fourth of July only hours after several other demonstrators had hung a banner on the statue's pedestal.

The group behind the banner, Rise and Resist, said the climber wasn't connected to the earlier demonstration.

There was confusion over whether she was part of a group who protested at the site against U.S. immigration policy.

So police placed her in custody, Willis said, noting that the woman was facing multiple federal charges including trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Police in NY were responding Wednesday afternoon to a woman climbing the Statue of Liberty.

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The New York-based group opposes President Donald Trump's administration and advocates ending deportations and family separations at the U.S. -Mexico border.

- The 4th of July at Liberty Island was a chaotic one.

In a statement, the group said they supported Okoumou and that members are "working to secure the best legal representation" for her. "People have the right to speak out". But Trump, a Republican, said on Twitter last week that abolishing ICE will "never happen!"

A poem by Emma Lazarus inscribed on a bronze plaque, and located in the Statue of Liberty's museum, is seen by many as embodying the spirit of America, particularly in the lines: "Give me your exhausted, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free".

'An ABOLISH ICE banner was hung from the statue, and activists spelled out the same message on their shirts. It was removed after an hour of being discovered, AP reports.

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

Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo contributed from Los Angeles.

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