Protester arrested after climbing base of Statue of Liberty

Woman tries to climb Statue of Liberty in apparent protest of ICE

Woman tries to climb Statue of Liberty in apparent protest of ICE

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.

The woman stopped at the bottom of the statue itself, laying and sitting under Lady Liberty's half-raised right foot, some 100 feet (30m) above ground level.

Rise and Resist NYC, which organised the protest, said the woman's climb had not been part of the group's plans.

A WOMAN is facing multiple federal charges after she scaled the Statue of Liberty in NY to protest President Trump's immigration policy. Officers put a harness and rope around her to get her down.

Okoumou, who was surrounded by approximately 50 supporters during her roughly six-minute hearing, told a federal judge she understood the counts against her.

Amid numerous reports circulating, CNN reported that it was a woman who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty, but she was not alone on Liberty Island.

Before the protester's climb, activists from a group called "Rise and Resist" hung a banner with a message about abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement from the statue.

The officers said initially she was hostile, but they kept calmly talking to her.

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"Once we could safely get up, I explained to her, 'We want you to come down, '" Glacken said. The historic statue, a symbol of American freedom, is typically crowded with visitors on the July 4 holiday.

Average attendance to the island on the Fourth of July is usually around 20,000 to 25,000 people, agency spokesperson Jerry Willis said. According to CNN, Park police have recommended charges to the United States attorney for the Southern District of NY, including trespassing, disorderly conduct and interfering with government functions.

Okoumou is affiliated with the protest group Rise and Resist, according to Martin Joseph Quinn, an organizer of the group.

The banner said "Abolish I.C.E.", referring to part of the Department of Homeland Security.

Okoumou, 44, of Staten Island, was expected to appear in federal court in Manhattan later Thursday.

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.

"She did not discuss it with anybody beforehand, and we were completely unaware", said Guadino.

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