Person climbs Statue of Liberty after ICE protest, island evacuated

Person climbs Statue of Liberty after ICE protest, island evacuated

Person climbs Statue of Liberty after ICE protest, island evacuated

Live video shows the woman sitting at the base of Lady Liberty as police prepare to get her down using a rope rescue system because she is refusing to cooperate. The woman, who was alone, has given "no indication" of why she was climbing the statue, Somma said.

The protest group, Rise and Resist, earlier said the climb wasn't connected to the banner demonstration.

Martin Joseph Quinn, a Rise and Resist organizer, told CNN that Okoumou is involved in the group but her climb was not part of their plan.

She was arrested by two rappelling police officers after an hours-long standoff on America's Independence Day.

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

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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.

The officers said initially she was hostile, but they kept calmly talking to her. Earlier, several people on the statue's pedestal hung a banner emblazoned with a message about abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement and were arrested.

This still image taken from video Courtesy of PIX11 News in NY, shows police talking to a woman who climbed to the base of the Statue of Liberty in NY, on July 4, 2018.

Liberty Island ended up being evacuated on the Fourth of July during this entire incident as stated by Jerry Willis of the National Park Service. The US media has reported her name as Therese Okoumou, a 44-year-old Congolese immigrant.

A spokesman for the National Park Service, which runs the monument, saw it differently. He said he didn't know her name.

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Rise and Resist member Jay Walker told the New York Daily News that she's joined the group weekly for protests over the past four to five months over Trump's various immigration crackdowns.

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886 and has served as a symbol of the a country of immigrants.

Okoumou is now being held in federal custody and is scheduled to appear in a Manhattan court on Thursday.

History can repeat itself in good ways sometimes, like it did today, the Fourth of July, at the Statue of Liberty in NY. He said prosecutors would determine any charges filed against the woman. Liberty Island, crowded with visitors on the July 4th holiday, was evacuated as police responded and attempted to coax her down.

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