Monday, 19 November, 2018

Saga Of The Statue Of Liberty Scaler

Saga Of The Statue Of Liberty Scaler Saga Of The Statue Of Liberty Scaler
Gerardo Duncan | 06 July, 2018, 03:41

Willis says police are atop the base, advising the climber to go down.

A NY woman was due to be arraigned in federal court on Thursday, a day after she scaled the stone pedestal of the Statue of Liberty to protest USA immigration policy.

The situation began earlier in the day as several protesters dropped a sign that read "ABOLISH I.C.E." from the top of the monument's pedestal. A group called "Rise and Resist" had protested the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's behavior, with "Abolish ICE" banners at the landmark.

An organizer with Rise or Resist, which arranged the demonstration, told reporters he was surprised when she climbed the monument.

So far, it is unclear whether the woman who climbed the massive statue was involved in the protest, but many are assuming so. Officers, using ladders, had climbed within a few feet of her and were negotiating with her. While on the statue, she lay by the bottom edge of the statue's robe, walked around and sat perched against the national monument.

The officers put a harness on her to get 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. People on their way to Liberty Island are not being allwed to continue and the people on the island are being evacuated.

A group that organized a protest at the statue earlier Wednesday says she took part in unfurling a banner at the statue's pedestal calling for abolishing the federal government's chief immigration enforcement agency.

Outside a Manhattan federal courthouse, where she pled not guilty to all charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing, Okoumou cited former first lady Michelle Obama in her remarks.

The National Park Service made a decision to shut down Liberty Island over security concerns around 3:30 p.m., and within an hour all 4,500 visitors had been evacuated. It also was taking a closer look at the statue to see if there was any damage, though that's unlikely, he said. Liberty Island, where the statue is located, was evacuated and all visitors were taken off the island via ferry, a National Parks spokesperson said.

Okoumou is now being held in federal custody and is scheduled to appear in a Manhattan court on Thursday.

"She just kind of mentioned the kids in Texas".

The seven protesters will be charged with unlawful protest, U.S. Park Police said.

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