Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Protester removed from Statue of Liberty after immigration demo

ABC A woman appears to be climbing up the Statue of Liberty ABC A woman appears to be climbing up the Statue of Liberty
Faye Gross | 08 July, 2018, 05:13

Police officers climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty to talk to the woman protesting. 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.

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

By now, you've probably seen the images of Therese Patricia Okoumou climbing the base of the Statue of Liberty.

As The New York Daily News reports, Okoumou works as a personal trainer by profession, according to a 2009 Staten Island Advance article.

She was arrested on Wednesday and charged with trespassing, interfering in an agency function and disorderly conduct.

"But I think the message was sent: No child belongs in a cage", she said outside of court. "She could do some damage".

Therese Patricia Okoumou walked out of the Federal Courthouse in Lower Manhattan Thursday.

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A group called Rise and Resist said it had staged a "visual protest" at the statue, releasing photos of the "Abolish ICE" banner unfurled on the statue's base. Trump says, "Let's gets some nets, and let's wait till she comes down".

Despite the policy being abandoned, it remains unclear how and when some 2,000 migrant children will be reunited with their parents. "We have police officers' safety at risk". After a few hours, the cops and the climber built up a "good rapport", Glacken added, noting that "She apologized to [Detective Chris Williams] and I for having to go up to get her". Okoumou alleged she was racially discriminated against and later lost the case as she acted as her legal representation in court.

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.

Okoumo, a naturalized US citizen originally from the Republic of Congo, pled not guilty to misdemeanor charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct, and interference with government function.

In 2017, Okoumou was arrested for trespassing, obstruction of government administration, and misdemeanor assault during a protest at the offices of New York state's department of labor on Varick Street in New York City, the New York Daily News reports. "This action did not include the climber on the statue", the organization said in a tweet.

Okoumou faces up to six months behind bars for each count if convicted.

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