Protester attempted to scale Statue of Liberty after hanging ‘Abolish ICE’ banner

Protester attempted to scale Statue of Liberty after hanging ‘Abolish ICE’ banner
Woman huddles at base of statue, awaits police rescuers (Image: NBC New York video screen grab)

[Ed. – She got just beyond the base before she was intercepted by the authorities, which speaks volumes. She was no match for the true beacon of freedom.]

A woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty after participating in an “Abolish ICE” protest has been captured after police attempted for hours to coax her down.

The woman, identified as 44-year-old Therese Patricia Okoumou of Staten Island, scaled the statue after protesters from Rise and Resist New York unfurled an “Abolish ICE” banner there; she made it to Lady Liberty’s base. Liberty Island, crowded with visitors on the July Fourth holiday, was evacuated as police responded and attempted to coax her down.

Okoumou was seen at various points pacing back and forth on the base of the statue, then lying down and casually kicking her legs. Police officers watched from below as they attempted to coax her down, then brought out a ladder and other climbing gear to physically get to her. NYPD’s highly trained emergency services and aviation units responded along with U.S. Park Police.

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