Heroic Statue Of Liberty Climber Slams Trump’s Immigration Crackdown

A woman has climbed the bottom of the Statue of Liberty in New York City

A woman has climbed the bottom of the Statue of Liberty in New York City

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. Demonstrators unfurled a banner reading "ABOLISH ICE", referring to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Therese Patricia Okoumou leaves federal court in Manhattan, New York, on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

A woman appears to be climbing up the Statue of Liberty on July 4, 2018, in NY.

A supporter of Therese Okoumou and an ICE supporter stand outside federal court in NY.

Okoumou, who was surrounded by approximately 50 supporters during her roughly six-minute hearing, told a federal judge she understood the counts against her. However, she was released the next day and was finally able to speak out about her peaceful protest that was applauded all across the world.

Many are calling Therese Patricia Okoumou a hero after she climbed to the foot of the Statue of Liberty in a July 4th protest over Trump's zero tolerance immigration policy that separated children from their families.

She has reportedly been an active participant in protests against the Trump administration and is a member of the group Rise and Resist.

All the while, NYPD officers surrounded her in helicopters and on the ground to get her down safely.

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President Donald Trump, during a campaign rally in Montana, called her a "clown".

"I feel really sorry for those visitors today" who had to leave or weren't let in, said Jerry Willis, a Service spokesman.

"We assume that she is protesting", Willis said, based on the woman's remarks to police. "We want to get them down safely". Her protest turned into a almost three-hour standoff with police. Walker later said she was involved but others had no idea she would make the climb, which wasn't part of the planned protest.

Several officers tried to persuade Okoumou to come down from the statue.

ICE is at the center of the Trump administration's shelved policy of separating some children from their parents when they cross illegally into the United States from Mexico, leading to calls to disband the agency.

Police officers were tethered to the statue, and after a brief standoff, they lowered Okoumou to safety.

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886 and has served as a symbol of the U.S.as a country of immigrants. "I think the turning point was when we got her, she couldn't go any further, and I think she realized her time was up up there".

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