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Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Saga Of The Statue Of Liberty Scaler

Saga Of The Statue Of Liberty Scaler

According to the New York Daily News, citing "officials", the woman is Therese Okoumou.

A message left at a possible phone number for Okoumou hasn't been returned.

Participants included several lawmakers and other celebrities, including actress Susan Sarandon, who was arrested alongside more than 550 other individuals.

Authorities say a Fourth of July protester who held police at bay for hours after she climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty, causing an evacuation, will face a judge in NY.

"As alleged in the information, the defendant staged a risky stunt that alarmed the public and endangered her own life and the lives of the NYPD officers who responded to the scene".

The group denied any connection to the climber, however.

Police believe other protesters boosted Okoumou to the base of the statue, New York Police Lt. Michael McGuinness said. Eventually they were able to take her into custody and bring her down.

Then she sat against the statue's foot, and the officers went up to her and attached a harness to her. But when she initiated hero-mode on July 4 in NYC, they changed their tune. Police, standing on a ladder and a ledge nearby, tried to talk the climber into descending.

During the stand-off, visitors were evacuated from the island. The Statue of Liberty, a gift to the people of the United States from the people of France, has become a worldwide symbol of the American values of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".

U.S. Park Police Major Pamela Smith said the incident "caused disruption to thousands of visitors on one of the busiest days of the year at the Statue of Liberty".

"There's definitely some people upset that this was ruining their Fourth of July, but for me, it's just definitely the safety of the person who out's there". Live video footage posted by news networks showed authorities attempting to coax the woman down. The sign read, "Abolish I.C.E".

In February 2017, someone hung a banner reading "Refugees Welcome" from the observation deck. "Our action was completed earlier", the group tweeted.

Rise and Resist previously announced a planned protest on the 4th of July.

On Wednesday, the National Park Service shut down Liberty Island after Okoumou climbed to the base of the Statue of Liberty and refused to come down.

Willis said federal regulations prohibit hanging banners from the monument.

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