Activists Give Statue of Liberty Temporary Makeover

'Refugees welcome' banner was up for about an hour
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2017 1:03 AM CST
'Refugees Welcome' Banner Draped on Statue of Liberty
A giant banner saying "Refugees Welcome" hangs from the Statue of Liberty on Tuesday.   (Vitoria Londero via AP)

The Statue of Liberty's inscription about "huddled masses yearning to breathe free" and the "homeless, tempest-tossed" was briefly joined by a 20-foot banner with the same sentiment Tuesday. Activists unfurled a "Refugees Welcome" banner from the pedestal's observation deck hours after the Department of Homeland Security announced tough new immigration measures, USA Today reports. A group calling itself Alt Lady Liberty took credit for the stunt. The banner was taken down after about an hour and is now in the custody of US Park Police officials, who say they're investigating the incident, the New York Daily News reports. (More Statue of Liberty stories.)

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