Saga Of The Statue Of Liberty Scaler

Martin Joseph Quinn of      Rise and Resist

Martin Joseph Quinn of Rise and Resist Protestors unfurl"ABOLISH I.C.E. banner at the base of the Statue of Liberty

Therese Okoumou told police she climbed the statue to protest President Donald Trump's immigration policy.

Therese Okoumou, 44, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges for the stunt on July 4th.

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

After a court appearance on misdemeanor charges, Therese Patricia Okoumou, a naturalised USA citizen from Congo, told reporters that she climbed the landmark as a spur-of-the moment protest over the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policies. "We are deeply concerned for her safety", Quinn said.

Trump, at a rally in Great Falls, Montana, called Okoumou a "clown" and praised the Park Police for getting her down safely.

NYPD constructed a rope rescue system to bring her down to the base because officers did not think she would come down on her own. She abandoned the climb and the rescuers took her into custody. "We want to get them down safely".

She has reportedly been an active participant in protests against the Trump administration and is a member of the group Rise and Resist. Earlier, several of their members were arrested after they unfurled a banner from the base of the statue that read "Abolish ICE".

Okoumou has been involved in several anti-Trump demonstrations in the past, even being arrested previous year at a protest at the Department of Labor, reports Huffington Post.

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Donning a "white supremacy is terrorism" shirt outside of the courthouse on Thursday, Okoumou said her decision was "spur of the moment".

Demonstrations have recently taken place across the U.S. after it emerged that Ice agents had separated thousands of young children from parents who had entered the U.S. illegally. "She would not come down by voice command", National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis told AFP.

Okoumou had been on Liberty Island with a group of protesters from Rise and Resist, which earlier in the day hung a large "Abolish ICE" banner from the pedestal of the statue.

About 30 metres above ground, the climber engaged in a roughly four-hour standoff with police before two New York Police Department officers climbed up to the base and went over to her. If convicted, she will face prison.

Local media reports the island has been evacuated.

She is scheduled to appear in court again August 3.

"At first, she wasn't friendly with us, but we took the time to get a rapport with her so that took a while", Officer Brian Glacken said in a news conference, according to CNN.

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