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Statue of Liberty climber due in court after immigration protest

Statue of Liberty climber due in court after immigration protest”

A Fourth of July protester who scaled the base of the Statue of Liberty in what prosecutors call a "dangerous stunt" will face a judge in NY. "I wouldn't have done it", the Republican president said Thursday night, praising the bravery of police officers who ascended the statue's base and persuaded her to climb down. Police on the scene were forced to climb to where Okoumou had positioned herself.

Okoumou was part of the Rise and Resist members who had hung an "Abolish I.C.E." banner from the statue earlier in the day and chose to climb the statue independently of the group.

A woman climbed the exterior of the structure of the Statue of Liberty and then sat down by one of the statue's feet around 4 p.m., authorities said. With her lawyer Rhiya Trivedi, Okoumou spoke outside a NY courthouse about her status as a naturalized United States citizen from the Democratic Republic of Congo and the goals of her protest.

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

US Park Police said the incident caused disruption to thousands of visitors on the public holiday, one of the busiest days of the year at the statue.

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She continued: "Trump has wrecked this country apart".

The Associated Press, citing a federal source, identified the woman as Therese Okoumou, who was protesting the separation of migrant children from their parents at the border.

Hours later at a rally in Great Falls, Montana, Trump told the crowd: 'I would've said: "Let's get some nets and wait 'til she comes down"'.

She was apprehended by New York Police Department officers after a almost four-hour standoff as she refused to descend from the national monument's base.

Okoumou, who lives on Staten Island, immigrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1994, according The Daily Beast.

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She thanked a few people, including former first lady Michelle Obama. Eventually, officers put a harness and ropes on her, and she went with the officers to where a ladder was propped up on the base of the statue.

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Cruise operator Statue Cruises said it had to turn away more than 2,000 visitors waiting to take their tour to the famed statue.

The park service was reviewing security videotape to try to determine how the woman made the climb, Willis said.

"That statue has been out in the middle of New York Harbor for 130 years - with hurricanes and lightning and everything that nature has thrown at her", he said.

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Okoumou was scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate for an arraignment hearing, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan said.



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