Statue of Liberty base climber escorted down

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This still image taken from video Courtesy of PIX11 News in NY, shows police talking to a woman who climbed to the base of the Statue of Liberty in NY, on July 4, 2018.

This still image taken from video Courtesy of PIX11 News in NY, shows police (L) talking to a woman who climbed to the base of the Statue of Liberty in NY. But the group says no one else was aware she would climb the base.

At least six other people were taken into custody after unfurling a banner that read "Abolish I.C.E.", in reference to the agency whose officers arrest and deport immigrants who are in the USA illegally, among other duties.

The climber is reported to be holding a Rise and Resist T-shirt, but the group said their action was not part of the their protest.

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A woman walks around on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York Harbor on July 4, 2018. They put a harness and ropes on her in preparation for bringing her down.

Therese Patricia Okoumou, 44, of Staten Island, was taken into custody Wednesday evening after a three-hour standoff with the NYPD, authorities said.

Okoumou's climb occurred shortly after protest group Rise and Resist placed a banner calling for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the bottom of the statue.

The charges could include disorderly conduct, trespassing, and interfering with government functions-all of which are federal misdemeanors.

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A NY woman's act of patriotism on the Fourth of July was to climb up the Statue of Liberty, refusing to come down until all migrant children are reunited with their families.

Okoumou is expected to appear in a Manhatten federal court on Thursday, the New York Times reports.

Okoumou told police that she was protesting the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico border.

"You saw that clown yesterday on the Statue of Liberty, you saw those clowns that went up there", Trump said at a campaign rally in Montana on Thursday. Liberty Island, where the statue is located, was evacuated and all visitors were taken off the island via ferry, a National Parks spokesperson said. We understand and share her desire to see the immediate release of children from detention and reunion with their parents. The group said in a tweet that the woman climbing the statue is not related to their protest.

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In February a year ago, protesters hung a giant "Refugees Welcome" banner across the Liberty statue's observation deck.

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