Protester arrested after climbing base of Statue of Liberty

Protester arrested after climbing base of Statue of Liberty

Protester arrested after climbing base of Statue of Liberty

The National Park Service evacuated more than 4,000 visitors off Liberty Island on Wednesday as a precaution. The protestor was identified as Therese Patricia Okoumou, an immigrant from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who reportedly began climbing the bottom of the monument around 3 p.m. local time.

Police climbed after the woman, positioning ladders and negotiators in the hopes of talking her down. "And I went as high as I could", Okoumou said.

However, the self-styled "direct action" group said it was not connected to the woman who tried to climb the statue, despite the "Rise and Resist" T-shirt.

NYPD Detective Brian Glacken told reporters the woman told them she was protesting the situation of "the children in Texas". "It is depressing. It is outrageous", she said.

She belongs to the New York-based group Rise and Resist that was arrested for hanging a large banner reading "Abolish I.C.E.", a jab at the federal agency that's responsible for detaining and deporting immigrants.

Eventually, they slipped on harnesses, joined the woman on the statue base and took her into custody. Trump said she should have been left alone until she chose to come down on her own.

Hours later at a rally in Great Falls, Montana, Trump told the crowd: 'I would've said: "Let's get some nets and wait 'til she comes down"'.

Tourists have been evacuated from Liberty Island in NY after a woman climbed up on to the Statue of Liberty and sat at the monument's base.

"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.

"I expected when I first got up there, that first ledge we were standing on for I guess a good hour or so was nearly a 45-degree angle". "I'm really sad for people who had to leave the island or who weren't able to get over here at all".

If Okoumou is convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of six months in prison on each of the three counts.

Okoumou, who was wearing a shirt that read "Trump Care Makes Us Sick" on one side at the time of arrest, is now facing federal misdemeanor charges including trespassing, disorderly conduct and interfering with government functions. We understand and share her desire to see the immediate release of children from detention and reunion with their parents.

She was released without bail on her own recognizance, and is expected to next appear in court on August 3.

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