Statue of Liberty base climber escorted down

06 July, 2018, 01:54 | Author: Carlos George
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A NY woman's act of patriotism on the Fourth of July was to climb up the Statue of Liberty, refusing to come down until all migrant children are reunited with their families.

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

Earlier on America's Independence Day, a group was arrested for unfurling a banner reading, "Abolish I.C.E.", reported NBC New York.

The group behind the banner says the climber isn't connected to the earlier demonstration.

A woman climbed onto the base of the iconic Statue of Liberty on Wednesday (local time) in protest of President Donald Trump's immigration policies and family separations. About 16 officers from the New York City Police Department's Emergency Service Unit worked to get her down.

As they approached, she initially moved away, took off her shoes and appeared to be starting to climb further. Around 6:30 p.m. they finally had her cornered and could secure a safety line on her to walk her down and put her in handcuffs.

Okoumou was ultimately escorted down by police after a roughly four-hour standoff.

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His call forced the evacuation of Liberty Island, sending 3,200 people on boats back to lower Manhattan and New Jersey.

More than two hours after she was first spotted, the NYPD ESU officers, wearing harnesses, grabbed her as she was putting on her sneakers. "In the beginning, she threatened to push us off, push the ladder off, but we stayed with her", Glacken said.

The woman has since been identified as Therese Patricia Okoumou, a Staten Island-based immigrant activist and member of the group Rise and Resist.

"The facade of the monument there is a granite rock-like surface that the average person wouldn't be able to scale", said National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis.

According to the NY Daily News, the woman was originally believed to be protesting the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency and the other protesters may have been from the group "Rise and Resist". Some 2,300 children have been separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May.

While the policy was abandoned, it is still unclear how and when some 2,000 migrant children will be reunited with their parents.

A person, right, lies under the right foot of New York's Statue of Liberty as police officers, left, work to convince the climber to descend, Wednesday, July 4.

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