Banner reading 'Refugees welcome' appears at base of Statue of Liberty

PHOTO: A banner reading "Refugees Welcome" was illegally placed at the base of the Statue of Liberty Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.PlayInstagram/Vitoria Londero
WATCH Banner reading 'Refugees welcome' appears at base of Statue of Liberty

A banner reading "Refugees welcome" was put up illegally on the base of the Statue of Liberty Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

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The banner, 3 feet by 20 feet, was unfurled atop the pedestal around 12:50 p.m., according to National Park Service police. It was affixed to the outside of the public observation deck at the base of the statue by nylon rope.

When alerted to the presence of the banner, park rangers immediately made their way to the location to assess how to get it down. They were able to remove it without damaging the monument.

Visitors began posting photos to social media soon after the banner appeared.

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A post shared by Vitória Londero (@sheisvick) on Feb 21, 2017 at 11:32am PST

Statute of Liberty #NYC

A post shared by Andy Kahn (@andy_kahn) on Feb 21, 2017 at 11:05am PST

The National Park Service said affixing signs to the Statue of Liberty or its pedestal is "strictly prohibited" and that an investigation is underway to identify the people who placed the banner there.

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