Protester removed from Statue of Liberty after immigration demo

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National Park Service officials revealed that more than 20,000 people visit the historic statue every July 4.

According to CNN, the woman moved back and forth under lady Liberty's sandal before sitting down, displaying a banner.

Visitors had to be evacuated from the Statue of Liberty on Independence Day after a group of activists protesting against the USA government's immigration enforcement agency caused a disruption.

The organization "Rise and Resist" claimed responsibility for the banner protest, but said the woman's stunt was not part of the plan.

The climber ascended about eight metre from the statue's observation point, National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis said, forcing the evacuation of visitors before the normal 6.15pm closure time.

Earlier in the day, activists with the group Rise and Resist unfurled a banner nearer to the ground reading "Abolish I.C.E". A group called "Rise and Resist" had protested the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's behavior, with "Abolish ICE" banners at the landmark.

A woman appeared in a United States court Thursday for attempting to scale the Statue of Liberty to protest President Donald Trump's administration's separation of migrant families, a stunt that forced the monument's evacuation on Independence Day.

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"(This) alarmed the public and endangered her own life and the lives of the NYPD officers who responded to the scene", U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said.

"She did not discuss it with anybody beforehand, and we were completely unaware", said Guadino.

Det. Brian Glacken of the NYPD Emergency Services Unit said at press conference that Okoumou talked to them about the "children in Texas", referring to the Trump administration's policy that separated families who entered the country illegally.

The island was evacuated while police tried to get the woman down. "I think the choice she made is certainly bringing more attention to the overall protest".

"Abolish ICE" has become a rallying cry at protests around the USA, but Mr Trump said on Twitter last week that abolishing ICE will "never happen!" During the time of the standoff, visitors were taken off the island via ferry. Police were forced to scale the statue to pull her down.

Okoumou has been involved in several anti-Trump demonstrations in the past, even being arrested previous year at a protest at the Department of Labor, reports Huffington Post.

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