Statue of Liberty climber pleads not guilty after immigration protest

Lucy Bush
July 6, 2018

In the midst of a defense of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the president lobbed the circus-themed insult of Therese Patricia Okoumou, who climbed to the base of the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday.

Wearing a "Rise and Resist" T-shirt, the woman on the fabled symbol of welcome to immigrants at one point told authorities that she would only come down when parents are reunited with all migrant children separated from them by the Trump administration.

At one point, she told authorities that she would only come down when parents are reunited with all migrant children separated due to a Trump administration policy that was reversed last month in response to domestic and global outrage. "And when we got her, she couldn't go any further, and I think she realized that her time was up there", Glacken said.

Therese Patricia Okoumou, 44, an immigrant from the Democratic Republic of Congo now living and working in Staten Island as a trainer spoke to the press after her release from federal custody on Thursday.

"You saw that clown yesterday on the Statue of Liberty".

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Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman accused Okoumou of staging "a unsafe stunt that alarmed the public and endangered her own life" and those of police.

Court papers also charged Okoumou with resisting arrest by refusing to leave the perch where Lady Liberty's feet stand, roughly 100 feet above ground.

A group that organized the immigration protest at the statue said she had taken part in unfurling a banner at the statue's pedestal. In a democracy, we do not put children in cages. They detailed the complicated effort on Good Day New York.

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.

The National Park Service was forced to shut the park early and evacuate more than 4,000 visitors after she refused to come down from the monument's base.

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Under Trump's zero-tolerance policy, the government has begun requiring border agents to arrest and prosecute anyone caught entering the country illegally.

"We assume that she is protesting", Willis said, based on the woman's remarks to police.

For tourists visiting the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday, the 4th of July was a bit more colorful than expected.

Park Police offers briefly detained the protesters, issued them summonses to appear in federal court, and then released them.

If convicted, Okoumou, a personal trainer, would face up to six months behind bars on each count.

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