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Immigrant activist facing federal charges for scaling the Statue of Liberty

July 5, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Immigrant activist facing federal charges for scaling the Statue of Liberty

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Immigrant activist facing federal charges for scaling the Statue Of Liberty identified as Therese Okoumou

A woman was arrested Wednesday following a four-hour stand-off with authorities after scaling the bottom portion of the Statue of Liberty to protest of U.S. immigration policy.

NYPD officials told the New York Post that 44-year-old Therese Okoumou, a Congolese immigrant was taken into federal custody for the Fourth of July protest.

According to reports, Okoumou is a Staten Island resident who works as a personal trainer.

Video footage of the spectacle taken by news helicopter shows Okoumou sitting near the feet of Lady Liberty — located roughly 25 feet above the monument’s observation point.

Police officers attached to tethers had to climb up to the base around 6:15 p.m. — to arrest the woman.

As a result, authorities had to evacuate the park as a precaution hours before closing time.

Okoumou reportedly told police detectives that she was part of a group protest organized by Rise and Resist NYC.

Before climbing the monument, the activist group displayed a large protest banner on Liberty Island which read: “ABOLISH ICE.”

“We were all really taken back,” Jay Walker, a Rise and Resist activist told the Post. “At first, we didn’t realize it was our fellow member. It wasn’t until we were able to see close up photos of her that we realized it was her.”

The immigrant activist also has a 2017 arrest for obstructing governmental administration, unlawful assembly and illegal trespassing charges during a demonstration at the Department of Labor building in lower Manhattan.

Okoumou reportedly taped her mouth and refused to comply with police demands.

She now faces federal charges in New York’s Southern District Court for Wednesday’s standoff.

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