Statue of Liberty base climber escorted down

Police are trying to coax the woman down

A protester is seen on the Statue of Liberty in New York, New York, US, July 4, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. Earlier in the day, Okoumou and dozens of other group members unfurled an "Abolish ICE" banner at the statue's pedestal.

But Rise and Resist NYC, which organized the protest, said her protest on the statue was not part of the group's move.

Later, National Park Service police and the New York City Police Department (NYPD) were called to the scene shortly after reports of an individual climbing the monument. The 44-year-year old was arrested and charged with trespassing, interference with government agency functions, and disorderly conduct, reports ABC7.

The National Park Service made a decision to shut down the park hours before its 6:15 p.m. closing time and evacuated more than 4,000 visitors from Liberty Island as a precaution. "No child belongs in a cage", she added. "She could do some damage".

Okoumou was arrested and was expected in court on Thursday.

Okoumou told police she was protesting the separation of immigrant children from parents who cross the U.S. -Mexico border illegally.

Rise and Resist, which reportedly formed after the 2016 election, said 40 people took part in the "banner action" and that Okoumou was one of them, though they were not aware of her plans to climb the statue later.

She told the crowd: 'Trump has wrecked this country apart.

Okoumou's refusal to leave the feet of the statue until "the children were freed" highlights the ongoing issue of the "zero tolerance" Trump policy - that children removed from their parents' custody have essentially no hope of eventually being reunited with family. Okoumou alleged she was racially discriminated against and later lost the case as she acted as her legal representation in court. "Let's gets some nets, and let's wait till she comes down", he said.

The incident forced park officials to evacuate the island on July 4 - one of the most popular days of the year for visitors.

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.

She faces a maximum of six months in prison on each of those misdemeanor counts, and is due back in court on August 3.

ICE refers to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, whose recent reatment of families who have crossed illegally into the United States from Mexico provoked an global outcry.

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