Woman who climbed Statue of Liberty blows kisses in court

Aaron Brown
July 6, 2018

Therese Patricia Okoumou, 44, was arrested on Wednesday after she climbed the statue's pedestal and began a three-hour standoff with police that led to the evacuation of the landmark on the Fourth of July holiday, celebrating United States independence.

The protest was against President Donald Trump administration's immigration policy and advocated ending deportations and family separations at the U.S. -Mexico border, the group said in a news release.

At one point, she told authorities that she would only come down when parents are reunited with all migrant children separated due to a Trump administration policy that was reversed last month in response to domestic and worldwide outrage. "I wouldn't have done it", the Republican president said Thursday night, praising the bravery of police officers who ascended the statue's base and persuaded her to climb down.

She climbed 25 feet up Lady Liberty from the public observation deck and perched up there for hours as officers tried to talk her down.

At least six people were arrested for hanging a banner around the base of the statue that read "Abolish ICE", referring to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency at the forefront of the immigration debate.

The Statue of Liberty, from pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch is 305 feet, 6 inches tall.

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She faces charges of interfering with national park regulations, trespassing and disorderly conduct, according to WLNY-TV.

Liberty Park was evacuated on Wednesday afternoon after a protester climbed onto the Statue of Liberty.

A woman was arrested after climbing onto the base of the Statue of Liberty and remaining there for three hours.

Under Trump's zero-tolerance policy, the government has begun requiring border agents to arrest and prosecute anyone caught entering the country illegally. She was holding a t-shirt that says "Rise and Resist" and "Trump Care Makes Us Sick". "In a democracy we don't put children in cages". Authorities have reportedly recommended charges to US attorney for the Southern District of NY. "We want to get them down safely".

"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. "She was on the copper of a national icon", Willis said, adding that the copper is very thin and malleable.

Park Police offers briefly detained the protesters, issued them summonses to appear in federal court, and then released them.

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