Woman climbs Statue of Liberty after stand-off, forced evacuation


New York: The Statue of Liberty was on Wednesday shut down as a woman climbed its base shortly after a three-hour standoff that led to the evacuation of the landmark on America’s Independence Day. The stone pedestal of the Statue of Liberty is the iconic tribute to freedom and democracy that graces New York Harbor.

It is, however, not confirmed yet whether the woman belonged to the group of people who were carrying out the protest unfurling a banner that read ‘Abolish ICE’ from the base of the statue in a protest against the US.

The protest was staged by a group called Rise and Resist who later released a statement on Twitter that said the protest did not include the climber. Seven protestors were arrested earlier on Wednesday following the agitation.

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