Woman arrested after scaling Statue of Liberty in protest

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The woman who scaled the Statue of Liberty on Independence Day in protest of the Trump administration's immigration policies pleaded not guilty Thursday.

The Associated Press, citing a federal source, identified the woman as Therese Okoumou, who was protesting the separation of migrant children from their parents at the border.

After she climbed the base of the statue, Okoumou reportedly told police she was refusing to get down until "all the children are released".

Then, the stamp bearing the face of the Las Vegas statue went on sale in December 2010, paired with a U.S. flag Forever stamp.

Okoumou, a 44-year-old naturalized citizen who immigrated from the Republic of Congo in 1994, was met with applause as she spoke outside court, saying that while she wouldn't repeat her actions, she believes her message got across.

Once there, Det. Brian Glacken engaged Therese Okoumou who had climbed the exterior of the structure and then sat down by one of the statue's feet around 4 p.m.

When the U.S. Postal Service rolled out its Forever stamps in 2010 featuring a close-up of the Statue of Liberty, it wasn't actually of the iconic symbol of freedom.

But Rise and Resist NYC, which organized the protest, said her protest on the statue was not part of the group's move. "In a democracy we don't put children in cages".

The National Park Service cleared the island of visitors as the drama unfolded.

The protesters were part of the activist group Rise and Resist.

Okoumou, 44, is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo but now resides in Staten Island and has lived in New York for roughly a decade, according to New York Daily News.

But Trump said during a Montana campaign rally she should have been left alone until she made a decision to come down on her own.

A woman appears to be climbing up the Statue of Liberty on July 4, 2018, in NY.

Okoumou, 44, is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo but now resides in Staten Island and has lived in NY for roughly a decade.

Wearing a "Rise and Resist" T-shirt, Okoumou spent almost four hours on the statue, the fabled symbol of welcome to immigrants in NY harbor, forcing police into a risky retrieval mission and causing the evacuation of Liberty Island on Wednesday.

"Michele Obama, our beloved first lady that I care so much about, said when they go low, we go high".

The park service also was taking a closer look at the statue to see if there was any damage, though that's unlikely, Willis said.

Earlier and farther below, at least six people were taken into custody after unfurling a banner that read "Abolish I.C.E.", Willis said.

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