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Officers recount rescue of protester at Statue of Liberty

06 July 2018

The woman who attempted to scale the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July is an immigrant who used the incident as a way to protest against President Donald Trump's immigration policy.

At one point, she told authorities that she would only come down when parents are reunited with all migrant children separated due to a Trump administration policy that was reversed last month in response to domestic and global outrage.

"I expected when I first got up there, that first ledge we were standing on for I guess a good hour or so was nearly a 45-degree angle".

Okoumou pleaded not guilty to charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct in Manhattan Federal Court on Thursday and was released without bail after spending the night in custody.

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The group said that Okoumou's decision to climb the statue was not a part of its action.

I can think of no better time than the fourth of July, nor no better way to draw attention to the violence that is being done in the name of borders than to physically transcend those hallowed words at the base of the Statue of Liberty: Give me your exhausted, your poor, your huddled masses. Glacken said it took about three hours to convince Okoumou to get down and she apologized to officers for having to arrest her.

Her climb sparked a almost four-hour standoff with police.

Jay Walker, an organizer with Rise and Resist which opposes the Trump administration's policies, aaid the other demonstrators had no idea Okoumou would make the ascent, which wasn't part of the planned protest. "No child belongs in a cage", she added. Okoumou, an immigrant from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, refused to budge until "all the children are released".

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"The island at this time of the day is mostly near capacity, at 4,000 to 4,500 people".

The National Park Service evacuated more than 4,000 visitors off Liberty Island as a precaution.

Under Trump's zero-tolerance policy, the government has begun requiring border agents to arrest and prosecute anyone caught entering the country illegally. Members of the Rise and Resist group gathered outside court in Manhattan ahead of the appearance to show their support, reports CBS New York.

The park service also was taking a closer look at the statue to see if there was any damage, though that's unlikely, Willis said.

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Officers recount rescue of protester at Statue of Liberty