New York: The evacuations occurred as a precaution after the woman reached Lady Liberty’s mid-section, US Park Police public information officer Sgt. Dave Somma told. The woman’s reasons for climbing the statue are not yet clear, but the protesters below have said she is not with them.
According to sources, A woman has climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty and seven people have been arrested on Liberty Island, all of whom are believed to be protesters.
At one point, the woman walked back and forth under Lady Liberty’s sandal and then sat down and appeared to unfurl a small flag or banner. The other protesters held a banner over the railing at the base of the statue.
Law enforcement officials were seen mounting a ladder to the base of the statue and talking to the woman, who was sitting in the folds of the statue’s gown.
The NYPD is building a rope rescue system to help bring the woman down from the base, because officers don’t believe she will come down on her own, a police source told.