Woman who scaled Statue of Liberty to protest immigration policy arrested

Leroy Wright
July 7, 2018

Authorities arrested six people participating in the demonstration. However, according to the New York Daily News, Okoumou is an active member of the group.

A Staten Island woman is facing a slew of charges after climbing the Statue of Liberty.

A supporter of Therese Okoumou and an ICE supporter stand outside federal court in NY.

Then she sat against the statue's foot, and the officers went up to her.

"That statue has been out in the middle of New York Harbor for 130 years - with hurricanes and lightning and everything that nature has thrown at her", he said.

Police in NY moved in to arrest a woman who scaled the stone pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, after a three-hour standoff that led to the evacuation of the landmark on America's Independence Day.

The U.S. Parks Police evacuated Liberty Island during officers' standoff with Okoumou. President Trump called her a clown during his rally in Montana on Thursday afternoon.

But she showed no regret for stomping all over the Independence Day of hundreds of Liberty Island visitors, saying the only reason she would not do it again is because a federal magistrate judge ordered her not to.

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"While we must and do respect the rights of the people to peaceable protest, that right does not extend to breaking the law in ways that put others at risk", he added.

"The Statue of Liberty was a reassuring sign that they had arrived in the land of their dreams", the park service says.

She laid by Lady Liberty's foot, roughly 100 feet off the ground, swinging her legs, waving below and even taking off her shoes to try to climb farther. A poem on the statue welcomes immigrants, reading "Give me your exhausted, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free", and Therese found that to be the ideal place to highlight the plight of immigrant kids being held in detention centers away from their jailed parents.

Okoumou was part of a group called "Rise and Resist" who were protesting the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's behaviour with "Abolish ICE" banners at the statue.

She was apprehended by New York Police Department officers after a almost four-hour standoff as she refused to descend from the national monument's base.

Protests and evacuations at the Statue of Liberty are rare but not unheard of.

"I think the message was sent".

The group did release a statement offering its support for Okoumou, explaining that all along they were concerned for her safety and are now looking for legal representation for her.

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