Woman climbs Statue of Liberty to protest Trump immigration policies

Howard TerryJul 08, 2018

In 2017, she was arrested for trespassing, obstruction of government administration and misdemeanor assault during a New York City demonstration against the state Department of Labor.She reportedly covered her mouth with tape and refused to leave the Varick Street protest location.

President Donald Trump has called the woman who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July to protest his immigration policy a "clown".

More than two hours after she was first spotted, the NYPD ESU officers, wearing harnesses, grabbed her as she was putting on her sneakers. About 16 officers participated in the rescue, police said.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said the president's immigration policy is a step forward for public safety.

As the responders approached, the woman attempted to climb even higher on Lady Liberty.

"This incident caused disruption to thousands of visitors on one of the busiest days of the year at the Statue of Liberty", US Park Police Major Pamela Smith said.

The climber ascended from the observation point, National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis said.

The park service was reviewing security videotape to try to determine how the woman was able to make the climb, Willis said.

"This action did not include the climber on the statue", the group posted. "It is depressing, it is outrageous", she said. "She's participated in quite a few of our actions". She would go on to have a standoff with the police officers at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

A protest took place at the base of the statue earlier, with protestors revealing an "Abolish ICE" banner. Seven protestors within that group were arrested after they displayed a large banner that read "Abolish I.C.E".

Okoumou who came to the United States from Congo in 1994 and became a US citizen, was released without bail.

An NYPD source said she declared she wouldn't come down until "all the children are released", meaning the migrant children separated from their parents at the border.

Other officials, meanwhile, were simultaneously impressed by Okoumou's dexterity, and angered by her method of protest.

Therese Patricia Okoumou walked out of the Federal Courthouse in Lower Manhattan Thursday.

Therese Patricia Okoumou, 44, an immigrant from the Democratic Republic of Congo now living and working in Staten Island as a trainer spoke to the press after her release from federal custody on Thursday. If convicted, she will face prison.

The name of her lawyer wasn't immediately available.

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