World Liberty Island evacuated after anti-Trump protest

07:52  05 july  2018
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Visitors had to be evacuated from the Statue of Liberty on Independence Day after a group of activists protesting against the US government's immigration enforcement agency caused a disruption.

NEW YORK — Liberty Island in New York Harbor was evacuated Wednesday after a woman climbed onto the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty . Activists with the group say they hung the banner to protest U.S. immigration policy. They oppose President Trump 's administration and advocate ending

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Liberty Island in New York has been evacuated after a protester climbed its iconic statue in a demonstration against Donald Trump's controversial border policy.

The person was spotted trying to scale the Statue of Liberty shortly after seven people were arrested for unfurling a banner labelled "Abolish ICE" at its base, according to US media.

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

President is at his golf resort in New Jersey as thousands protest in D.C.

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Trump said on Twitter last week that abolishing ICE will “never happen!” Protests and evacuations at the Statue of Liberty are rare but not unheard of. His call forced the evacuation of Liberty Island , sending 3,200 people on boats back to lower Manhattan and New Jersey.

Waters to Trump : How dare you. 12-year-old gives powerful speech. New York (CNN) A woman who climbed up to the robes of the Statue of Liberty to protest the separation of migrant families was taken into custody after a Liberty Island was evacuated during the police action, according to Willis.

The "zero-tolerance" policy has seen more than 2,300 children split from their parents since May, with anyone found to be entering the US illegally set for arrest and prosecution.

Liberty Island has been evacuated. Pic: @sarah_eyebrows © Other Liberty Island has been evacuated. Pic: @sarah_eyebrows

The crisis has dragged on despite the president signing an executive order to stop separations following backlash at home and abroad, which prompted confusion among officials tasked with reuniting youngsters who had already been detained away from their families.

Action group Rise and Resist organised the earlier protest at the Statue of Liberty, which was broadcast live on social media.

A person can be seen sitting on the base of the statue, with a ladder nearby. Pic: @sarah_eyebrows © Other A person can be seen sitting on the base of the statue, with a ladder nearby. Pic: @sarah_eyebrows

One of its members, Leon Kirschner, said: "ICE has proved to be a threat to our liberty and way of life, and should be abolished. They go after the most vulnerable among us, acting without due process to detain people.

Woman scales the base of the Statue of Liberty

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Statue Of Liberty Evacuated After Protestor Climbs Statue During July 4th Protest Against ICE. Lady Liberty ’s message directly contradicts what the Trump administration is doing right now.

A woman sits at the base of the Statue of Liberty on 4 July, forcing an evacuation of Liberty Island where the monument stands The woman, who was protesting against the Trump administration’s immigration policies, was arrested after a four-hour standoff with police and later climbed down.

"For-profit companies are making money off family separation. This has to stop now."

After the sighting of the protester attempting to climb the statue, tourists were escorted back on to the mainland.

The banner opposed the president's border policy © Other The banner opposed the president's border policy

US media reports that the island has been evacuated "as a precaution", citing local police.

The protest - which fell on Independence Day when the majority of Americans are on a public holiday - came after Mr Trump was labelled a "wasteman" for his border policy by the lord mayor of Sheffield.

Green Party councillor Magid Magid said the policy - as well as withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement and his infamous "Muslim ban" - meant the president would not be welcome in the city during his visit to the UK next week.

The former refugee, originally from Somalia, tweeted on Wednesday: "I Magid Magid, Lord Mayor & first citizen of this city hereby declare that not only is Donald J Trump (@realDonaldTrump) a WASTEMAN, but he is also henceforth banned from the great city of Sheffield!

"I further declare July 13th to be Mexico Solidarity Day!"

The mayor does not actually have any power to ban Mr Trump from the city - and a visit was not on the cards anyway.

Trump gets into the swing of it! President wastes no time getting on the green at his Scottish estate...and taunts protestors telling him to 'go home' by waving at them .
The US President has wasted no time in putting his golfing swing to the test in Scotland - while thousands of anti-Trump protesters have taken to the streets of Edinburgh.While thousands of anti-Trump campaigners have taken to the streets of Edinburgh, Donald Trump has been enjoying a two-day private stay at his famous Turnberry golf resort after meeting the Queen yesterday.

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