A woman was surrounded by police on Wednesday after she climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty.
Fourth of July plans? Word of advice, don’t try to climb the Statue of Liberty. @cnnbrk pic.twitter.com/LZrpT8WVSl
— Danny Owens (@HelloDannyOwens) July 4, 2018
The woman is believed to be a protester, according to multiple news outlets.
Seven people were arrested earlier in the day on Liberty Island as part of a protest by a group called Rise and Resist, BuzzFeed News reports. They were at one point brandishing a sign that read “Abolish ICE” at the statue’s base.
The climber is not affiliated with Rise and Resist, according to a tweet from the organization.
The Climber on the Statue of Liberty has no connection to our #abolishice action earlier today. @NYDailyNews @ABC
— Rise and Resist (@riseandresistny) July 4, 2018
The protest comes on the Fourth of July, America’s birthday, as protests have swirled around the country over President Donald Trump‘s treatment of immigrants.
On Twitter, people on the left cheered on the climber and other protesters.
A girl has climbed statue of liberty on to protest against I.C.E. Happy 4th of July
— sidra khan (@sidrakhan70) July 4, 2018
Protesters are climbing the Statue of Liberty in protest of Trump and ICE as we speak. The Resistance is stronger than ever!
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) July 4, 2018
A YOUNG BLACK WOMAN HAS CLIMBED UP PART OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY BASE TO PROTEST THE 'ICE' ILLEGAL KIDNAPPING OF CHILDREN AND ASSAULT OF FAMILIES AND AMERICAN FREEDOM! pic.twitter.com/GO2RGXikMn
— newyorknewart (@newyorknewart) July 4, 2018
Naturally, those on the right hated it.
To the idiot climbing the Statue of Liberty, your “cause” isn’t worth the lives of the brave first responders giving up their 4th to make sure you don’t die from your stupidity. #preach
— Todd Piro (@ToddPiro) July 4, 2018
Hanging an Abolish Ice banner on the Statue of Liberty. My word these people are crazy! https://t.co/LIUDU07TrL
— Rampage Rich (@RichBeeker) July 4, 2018
So the idiot on the Statue of Liberty thinks she is so special her rights to protest outweigh the rights of the hundreds of people who had planned to visit Lady Liberty on this day. Don't #AbolishICE
— Nina (@NinaSaphir) July 4, 2018
The Statue of Liberty became a flashpoint when Trump advisor Stephen Miller—an immigration hardliner—claimed the Statue of Liberty didn’t support immigrants.
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