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

"Our beloved first lady that I care so much about said that when they go low, we go high, and I went as high as I could", Okoumou said, noting she would not climb the Statue of Liberty again because "the judge told me not to".

Local media first reported that the woman was among demonstrators opposed to Mr Trump's immigration policy who protested at the site earlier in the day. "The facade of the monument there is a granite rock-like surface that the average person wouldn't be able to scale", said National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis. A group called "Rise and Resist" had protested the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's behavior, with "Abolish ICE" banners at the landmark.

The woman, identified as 44-year-old Therese Patricia Okoumou of Staten Island, started climbing around 3 p.m. after protesters from a Rise and Resist protest unfurled a banner that read "Abolish ICE!"

Okoumou allegedly "staged a unsafe stunt that alarmed the public and endangered her own life and the lives of the (New York Police Department) officers who responded to the scene", U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement. She now lives in Staten Island and has lived in NY for at least 10 years, the paper reports.

NYPD constructed a rope rescue system to bring her down to the base because officers did not think she would come down on her own.

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The Statue of Liberty, from pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch is 305 feet, 6 inches tall.

During the stand-off, visitors were evacuated from the island.

Police are negotiating with a protester who has climbed the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, in an apparent protest against the Trump administration's immigration policies. For almost two hours, she crossed the base of the statue, at times sitting in the folds of the statue's dress and under Lady Liberty's sandal.

The NYPD said it was not clear how the woman got onto the statue.

"Our message was that ICE must be abolished, families must be reunited now, deportations must be halted, and the policy of detention as deterrent must end", the group said in a statement. She was reportedly arrested past year for injuring an officer while she was being apprehended during a protest outside of the Department of Labor and was also quoted at an anti-Trump protest outside Sen.


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