Statue of Liberty base climber escorted down

06 July, 2018, 05:46 | Author: Rachel Logan
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The woman apologized to the officers who had to come up to get her, police said.

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

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.

Fox News reported that the protester, Therese Patricia Okoumou, said outside a Manhattan courthouse Thursday that she was inspired by Obama's quote "when they go low, we go high".

The activist group behind the banner, Rise and Resist, tweeted that the climber wasn't connected to its demonstration and expressed concern for the climber's safety.

A person, right, lies under the right foot of New York's Statue of Liberty as police officers, left, work to convince the climber to descend, Wednesday, July 4. ICE is a division of the Department of Homeland Security whose officers arrest and deport unauthorized immigrants inside the US, among other duties.

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Jay Walker, an organizer with Rise and Resist which opposes the Trump administration's policies, aaid the other demonstrators had no idea Okoumou would make the ascent, which wasn't part of the planned protest.

Okoumou allegedly "staged a risky stunt that alarmed the public and endangered her own life and the lives of the (New York Police Department) officers who responded to the scene", U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement.

Her actions forced the evacuation of the island. Much like whenBree Newsome took down climbed a 30-foot flagpole in South Carolina's to remove the Confederate flag two years ago, Okoumou is yet another example of black women stepping up in the name of social justice, when others won't. Somma added that the woman was not cooperative in speaking with police, and has yet to identify the reason for her protest.

"Abolish ICE" has become a rallying cry at some protests around the country and for some prominent Democratic officials seeking to boost their progressive credentials.

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

In 2017, according to the New York Post, Okoumou, a Congolese immigrant, was arrested and charged with trespassing during a protest at the New York City Department of Labor building.



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