Statue of Liberty evacuated as woman climbs monument

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U.S. Parks Police evacuated Liberty Island after the woman, identified as 44-year-old Therese Patricia Okoumou, of Staten Island, climbed to the base of the statue in an apparent protest. Footage from helicopters showed her sitting at the base of the statue, occasionally lying on her stomach and kicking her feet up behind her, ABC station WABC reported.

NY police said they were assisting US Park Police to remove the woman from the monument.

Activists with the group Rise and Resist say they hung the banner to protest USA immigration policy.

Okoumo is reportedly part of a group called Rise and Resist who journeyed to the historic landmark to protest migrant family separations.

The woman who scaled the base of the Statue of Liberty Wednesday has been apprehended.

"She just kind of mentioned the children in Texas", NYPD Officer Brian Glacken said in a news conference.

As they approached, she initially moved away, took off her shoes and appeared to be starting to climb further. Officers climbed ladders and attempted to talk her down.

Okoumou, who was surrounded by approximately 50 supporters during her roughly six-minute hearing, told a federal judge she understood the counts against her.

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In this image made from video by PIX11, a woman leans against the robes of the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, in New York, July 4, 2018.

Finally, officers with ropes and climbing gear reached her. "At first, she wasn't friendly with us, but we took the time to get a rapport with her so that took a while", he said.

"I feel really sorry for those visitors today" said National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis.

The woman had participated earlier in displaying a banner calling for abolishing the federal government's chief immigration enforcement agency, said Jay W. Walker, a member of Rise and Resist, which organized the demonstration.

The activists said the climber was not a member of their group. Police were forced to scale the statue to pull her down.

Police believe other protesters boosted Okoumou to the base of the statue, New York Police Lt. Michael McGuinness said.

Under public pressure, Trump later halted his policy of taking children from their detained parents.

Tourists have been evacuated from Liberty Island in NY after a woman climbed up on to the Statue of Liberty and sat at the monument's base. The sign read, "Abolish I.C.E".

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