Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Statue of Liberty climber awaits court appearance in NY

Statue of Liberty climber awaits court appearance in NY

After she climbed the base of the statue, Okoumou reportedly told police she was refusing to get down until "all the children are released".

The woman, who has not yet been identified, at one point walked from one side to the other beneath the statue's sandal. But Quinn added her climb was not part of the planned protest today. But the group said that Okoumou's climb wasn't part of their plan.

The National Park Service evacuated more than 4,000 visitors off Liberty Island as a precaution.

In February previous year, protesters hung a giant "Refugees Welcome" banner across the Liberty statue's observation deck. Rise and Resist, an organization dedicated to fighting for "equality, justice, and human rights" unfurled a banner that read "Abolish I.C.E", calling for the Trump administration to put an end to immigration policies. A group called "Rise and Resist" had protested the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's behavior, with "Abolish ICE" banners at the landmark.

Therese Okoumou said Thursday after a court appearance on misdemeanor charges that her protest was spontaneous as was directed at President Donald Trump's immigration policy. She now lives in Staten Island and has lived in NY for at least 10 years, the paper reports.

Several officers tried to persuade Okoumou to come down from the statue. People on their way to Liberty Island are not being allwed to continue and the people on the island are being evacuated.

Wearing a "Rise and Resist" T-shirt, the woman told authorities that she would only come down when parents were reunited with all migrant children separated from them by the Trump administration.

"The Statue of Liberty was a reassuring sign that they had arrived in the land of their dreams", the park service says. At around 6 p.m., police joined the woman at the statue's base-around 25 feet above the observation area-and took her into custody.

The woman stopped at the bottom of the statue itself, laying and sitting under Lady Liberty's half-raised right foot, some 100 feet (30m) above ground level.

Trump said on Twitter last week that abolishing ICE will "never happen!"

While being rescued, the woman was aggressive initially, but the police was able to build rapport with her after a few while.

Okoumou has been involved in several anti-Trump demonstrations in the past, even being arrested previous year at a protest at the Department of Labor, reports Huffington Post.

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