Lady Liberty’s luminous lights temporarily went dark Tuesday night—and many couldn’t help but see it as a powerful sign of solidarity.

The lights went dark around 10 p.m. and were back on by around midnight. Only the torch and crown continued to burn bright. According to the Statue of Liberty National Monument’s Twitter, some of Lady Liberty’s lights went off unexpectedly because of work related to Hurricane Sandy recovery. Many, however, viewed it more symbolically given that it occurred the day before International Women’s Day.

Some social media users saw it as an unintentional, yet powerful, protest; while others found Lady Liberty’s darkness to be a sign of solidarity for International Women’s Day in light of what is currently happening in the United States. It wouldn’t be the first time the statue was used in such a manner. Last month, activists unfurled a “Refugees Welcome” banner at the base of the statue to show what Lady Liberty truly stands for.

Take a look at how social media reacted to the Statue of Liberty going dark below:

Social Media Reacts to Statue of Liberty Going Dark

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