5 July 2018Hot off the Press
A woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty to protest the separation of immigrant families has been taken into custody after a standoff with police on the American Fourth of July holiday.
The woman, identified as Therese Patricia Okoumou, climbed up to the base of the iconic green statue, where she refused to leave while authorities tried to talk her down for almost two hours.
During that time she walked around the robes and sat under the sandal of the statue.
Finally, officers with ropes and climbing gear reached her, where they put a harness and ropes on her and brought her down via a ladder that was propped up on the base of the statue.
Ms Okoumou, who is part of a protest group called Rise and Resist, declared that she would not come down until “all the children are released”, a source with New York Police Department told news broadcaster CNN.
Rise and Resist stated that it was not part of their plan for Ms Okoumou to climb the statue, with Martin Quinn, the organiser of the group saying, “She climbed without our knowledge. It was not part of our action.”
National Park Service spokesman said that she was taken into federal custody on Wednesday evening, where she will be transported to a US Marshals office in Manhattan.