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Statue of Liberty Mysteriously Goes Dark, 'Women's March' Claims to Know Why

Statue of Liberty Mysteriously Goes Dark, 'Women's March' Claims to Know Why
This Tuesday, March 7, 2017, still image taken from video shows the Statue of Liberty in New York. For several hours, Lady Liberty didn't shine so brightly. (AP Photo)

For a little over an hour on Tuesday evening, the Statue of Liberty went dark. All lights on the statue besides the torch and crown went dark for at least an hour around 11 p.m. eastern, and even the National Park Service had no explanation. But the Women’s March wasted no time in making a political statement.

“Thank you Lady Liberty for standing with the resistance and going dark for #DayWithoutAWoman,” the account for the Women’s March tweeted.

The lights turned back on just after midnight, but technically the lights went off on Tuesday, not on Wednesday. The “Day Without a Woman” is an odd form of protest, where anti-Trump women plan to skip out on work, refuse to help their families around the house, wear red, and shop at businesses owned by women and minorities. Lady Liberty’s stubborn decision to turn off Tuesday, as opposed to Wednesday, which is International Women’s Day and the “Day Without a Woman,” suggests a different explanation.

“Some lights on the Statue were temporarily off tonight,” a spokesman for the Statue of Liberty National Monument tweeted.

Park Official Jerry Willis told the New York Daily News that this “unplanned outage” might have been due to an emergency generator project as part of its “last remaining Hurricane Sandy recovery,” but he could not be certain. He added that crews would return to Liberty Island on Wednesday morning to determine the cause of the blackout.

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