Woman climbs Statue of Liberty to protest immigration policy

Statue of Liberty
Image : National Park Service Website

New York, July 5: A woman was taken into custody after she climbed onto the base of the iconic Statue of Liberty on Wednesday to protest against  President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, prompting the separation of thousands of children from their families. 

Authorities on Wednesday tried to talk the woman identified as Therese Patricia Okoumou, down but she refused to leave, reports CNN.

For around three hours, she crossed the base of the icon, at times sitting in the folds of the statue’s dress and under lady Liberty’s sandal and displayed a banner.

Okoumou was part of a group of protesters and had declared that she wouldn’t come down until “all the children are released”, a New York Police Department source told CNN.

She was brought down the statue with the help of about 16 officers with the New York City Police Department, Officer Brian Glacken told media.

Earlier on Wednesday, other agitators unfurled a banner over a railing around the base of the statue saying “Abolish ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)!”

According to the reports, at least seven people were held on Liberty Island and the site was closed to visitors.


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