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Woman arrested after climbing the Statue of Liberty

PICTURED: Therese Patricia Okoumou

A WOMAN, identified as Therese Patricia Okoumou, who scaled up to the Statue of Liberty has been taken into custody after a four-hour standoff with police.

The authorities tried to talk the woman down but she refused to leave until “all the children are released” from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division.

Several other demonstrators hung a banner emblazoned with a message about abolishing ICE that allows officers to arrest and deport unauthorised immigrants inside the USA.

They oppose President Donald Trump's administration and advocate ending deportations and family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Officer Brian Glacken who responded to the scene of Ms Okoumou's protest said: "at first she was being a little combative, then she was willing to cooperate with us. She actually apologised to us for having to go up and get her."

The force attached a harness and rope to the woman and brought her back down to the ground safely.

National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis says at least six other people were taken into custody, however, Rise and Resist, the group behind the banner said Ms Okoumou was not connected to the earlier demonstration.

Willis added that park police have recommended charges to the US attorney, which could include trespassing, disorderly conduct and interfering with government functions.

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