Activists Arrested At Statue Of Liberty After Protesting Trumps Immigration Policies

first_imgAPA woman was arrested after climbing onto the base of the Statue of Liberty and remaining there for three hours. She was protesting immigrant family separations.Activists in two separate protests against the Trump administration’s immigration policies were arrested at the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday — one group unfurling a banner calling for the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, while in another act of defiance, a woman climbed the statue’s base to protest immigrant family separations.Authorities evacuated thousands of visitors from Liberty Island, where the statue stands, after a woman climbed to the statue’s base around 3 p.m. and remained for several hours before police took her into custody.About 4,500 tourists were forced off the island when officials closed it, according to The New York Times, which said more than 20,000 tourists visit the Statue of Liberty every Fourth of July.Media reports identify the woman as Therese Okoumou. Video shows her walking, sitting and lying down on different parts of the statue’s base near the foot and robes. Two officers attached to ropes finally walked onto the base around 6:15 p.m. and led her to a ladder where she climbed to the observation deck about 25 feet below.NYPD Detective Brian Glacken told reporters the woman told them she was protesting the situation of “the children in Texas.”He said it was “a really technical rescue just because of the slopes up there” and the lack of places to hold.The New York Daily News reports Okoumou is an immigrant herself, having been born and educated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She now lives in Staten Island and has lived in New York for at least 10 years, the paper reports.Earlier in the day, activists with the group Rise and Resist unfurled a banner nearer to the ground reading “Abolish I.C.E.”https://t.co/frz2aYWpKV— Rise and Resist (@riseandresistny) July 4, 2018“Our message was that ICE must be abolished, families must be reunited now, deportations must be halted, and the policy of detention as deterrent must end,” the group said in a statement. Activists with the group also spelled out the message with their shirts on the ground.Rise and Resist, which reportedly formed after the 2016 election, said 40 people took part in the “banner action” and that Okoumou was one of them, though they were not aware of her plans to climb the statue later. According to the Daily News, Okoumou has taken part in several protests with the group before.National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis told The Associated Press that at least six people were taken into custody for unfurling the banner. He said federal rules do not allow banners to hang at the monument, which is run by the park service.“People have the right to speak out. I don’t think they have the right to co-opt the Statue of Liberty to do it,” Willis said.The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886 and has served as a symbol of the U.S. as a country of immigrants. Ellis Island, located next to Liberty Island, served as a processing center for more than 12 million immigrants between 1892 and 1954, according to the National Park Service.“The Statue of Liberty was a reassuring sign that they had arrived in the land of their dreams,” the park service says. “To these anxious newcomers, the Statue’s uplifted torch did not suggest ‘enlightenment,’ as her creators intended, but rather, ‘welcome.’ Over time, Liberty emerged as the ‘Mother of Exiles,’ a symbol of hope to generations of immigrants.”Over the weekend, protesters demonstrated in cities across the country against the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policies and its practice of separating families detained trying to illegally cross the Southern border.More than 2,000 children were separated from their parents before President Trump halted the policy with an executive order. Last week, a federal judge ordered children to be reunited with their parents within 30 days. The Justice Department said Friday it would detain families together for more than 20 days.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Primed to be the ultimate island hideaway in South

first_imgPrimed to be the ultimate island hideaway in Southeast Asia, Bawah Island is set to open in the summer of 2017.A collection of five pristine islands among three crystal-clear lagoons, Bawah Island is located just two hours from Singapore. The stunning untouched Anambas archipelago in Indonesia offers an unsurpassed, authentic island hideaway experience, accessible via ferry from Singapore to Batam, followed by a private seaplane to Bawah.Nestled amid more than 120 hectares of beautiful natural landscape surrounded by 13 beaches, Bawah will feature 35 eco-designed villas. Allowing a maximum of 70 guests on the island at any one time, the villas will encompass 21 Beach Villas offering sea views; 11 Water Villas with stunning dusk to dawn vistas; and three Garden Villas enveloped in lush greenery.Each villa will feature a bedroom, spacious bathroom and a relaxing living area with incredible views across the lagoon. Attention to detail is prevalent throughout, with indigenous resources like driftwood reinvented to create unique finishes. All tented villas and public areas are made of sustainable materials like bamboo and recycled teak, while the bath and shower features are created with recycled copper.The guest areas at Bawah Island will include a treetop ‘Club House’ with a viewing balcony, a yoga pavilion, a beach-fronted infinity pool and a spa offering luxurious pampering treatments that incorporate local techniques and exclusive products. For those wanting to explore, Bawah will offer an array of experiences harmonious with nature including snorkelling in pristine waters and hiking through its primary forest, which has never been cut or burnt, with trees as high as 80 metres.At Bawah, no heavy machinery is allowed on the island so every mechanical process – from recycling stones to breaking boulders for building material – has to be done by hand. Areas that were not vital for construction have been fenced and protected.The Bawah team protects the island’s array of flora and fauna, as well as its abundance of butterflies and birds, through a firm stance against pesticides. Bawah is an official marine conservation area in which fishing, anchoring and collection of any marine life is forbidden. As a result, fish and corals flourish. Precautions have also been put in place to deter fishermen from fishing inside the lagoon: Bawah supports those who fish responsibly, by purchasing fish from the local fishermen for their team of workers.Working with renowned architect Sim Boon Yang (founder partner and director of eco.id), alongside GM Tom Blachere, Bawah’s design will focus on striking the perfect balance between its commitment to its environment and providing a luxurious experience. Bawah aims to create a harmonious flow between nature and modernity, while upholding its strong and sustainable approach towards the resort and its natural surroundings.The forthcoming launch follows a recent announcement at the Asia Clean Energy Summit 2016 that Bawah will host a new pilot scheme with REIDS (Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator). REIDS aims to see 90% of Indonesia’s off-grid population provided with renewable energy through new ‘micro-grids’ that will integrate renewable energy sources. These micro-grids will eventually power hundreds and thousands of islands in the Southeast Asia region, without having to connect to a main power source. Bawah will lead the way in being the first island to be powered by this new renewable energy technology.last_img read more