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Woman climbs Statue of Liberty to protest Trump immigration policies

Woman climbs Statue of Liberty to protest Trump immigration policies

After appearing in court on misdemeanor charges Thursday, 44-year-old Therese Okoumou claimed that she had made a decision to scale the statue's base on the Fourth of July to protest the Trump administration's policy that has led to the separation of thousands of children from their families. "She said she wanted all the children let go", said Glacken referring to the Trump administration policy to separate families entering illegally at the U.S. - Mexico border.

Therese Patricia Okoumou, who climbed the NY monument in protest, expresses her outrage towards President Trump's immigration policies.

Her attorney, Rhidaya Shodhan Trivedi, told reporters: "We are going to keep fighting until family separation is a thing of the past".

Okoumou appeared in federal court Thursday, pleading not guilty on charges of trespassing, interfering with agency functions and disorderly conduct.

On Wednesday, Okoumou climbed the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and began a three-hour standoff that led to the evacuation of the landmark on the Fourth of July holiday, celebrating United States independence.

- Oukoumou took part in an earlier protest with a group called Rise and Resist before she started climbing the statue.

"In a democracy, we do not put children in cages", she added.

"The island at this time of the day is mostly near capacity, at 4,000 to 4,500 people".

A National Park service spokesman said Thursday that Okoumou used a ledge above a doorway on the public observation deck to hoist herself onto base of the monument, reports CBS2's Reena Roy.

Her neighbours have told Daily News that they were not surprised at the latest development, considering how outspoken she is about the Trump administration.

'Michelle Obama says when they go low, we go high, and I went as high as I could'.

She allegedly refused to leave the building and police claim she flailed her arms and legs around while lying on the ground, striking an officer in the process.

According to CNN, the woman, later identified as Therese Patricia Okoumou, climbed up to the robes of the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July.

The park service also was taking a closer look at the statue to see if there was any damage, though that's unlikely, Willis said.

If convicted, Okoumou could face up to six months behind bars on each count.

A quote on the statue welcomes immigrants, reading: "Give me your exhausted, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free", and many believe Okoumou found that iconic structure as the ideal place to bring to the fore the plight of immigrant children being held away from their jailed parents.


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