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Statue of Liberty Base Climber Identified, Charged With Trespassing

World | Associated Press | July 6, 2018, 9:51 am
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 A federal official says a woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty's base and spurred the statue's evacuation on July 4th told police she was protesting the separation of immigrant children from parents who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. (Image: AP)

A federal official says a woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty's base and spurred the statue's evacuation on July 4th told police she was protesting the separation of immigrant children from parents who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. (Image: AP)

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 At least six people were arrested in the banner demonstration. (Image: AP)

At least six people were arrested in the banner demonstration. (Image: AP)

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 A protester who climbed the Statue of Liberty's base has been escorted down by police after a roughly four-hour standoff that forced the evacuation of Liberty Island on July 04. (Image: AP)

A protester who climbed the Statue of Liberty's base has been escorted down by police after a roughly four-hour standoff that forced the evacuation of Liberty Island on July 04. (Image: AP)

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 A group that organized a protest at the statue on July 04 says she took part in unfurling a banner at the statue's pedestal calling for abolishing the federal government's chief immigration enforcement agency. But the group says no one else was aware she would climb the base. (Image: AP)

A group that organized a protest at the statue on July 04 says she took part in unfurling a banner at the statue's pedestal calling for abolishing the federal government's chief immigration enforcement agency. But the group says no one else was aware she would climb the base. (Image: AP)

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 The official identified the woman as Therese Okoumou. The official wasn't authorized to discuss it and spoke on the condition of anonymity. (Image: AP)

The official identified the woman as Therese Okoumou. The official wasn't authorized to discuss it and spoke on the condition of anonymity. (Image: AP)

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 The climber has been there for about three hours, with police talking to her. (Image: AP)

The climber has been there for about three hours, with police talking to her. (Image: AP)

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 After two New York Police Department officers went up to the base and reached her, news helicopter video showed her and the officers moving carefully along the edge of the statue's robes toward a ladder police had set up. (Image: AP)

After two New York Police Department officers went up to the base and reached her, news helicopter video showed her and the officers moving carefully along the edge of the statue's robes toward a ladder police had set up. (Image: AP)

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 Her climb spurred the evacuation of Liberty Island. (Image: AP)

Her climb spurred the evacuation of Liberty Island. (Image: AP)

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 She climbed down about 25 feet (8 meters) to the statue's observation point, with another officer descending ahead of her. (Image: AP)

She climbed down about 25 feet (8 meters) to the statue's observation point, with another officer descending ahead of her. (Image: AP)

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 Therese Okoumou leaves Federal court, in New York. Okoumou, who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on July 4 in what prosecutors called a

Therese Okoumou leaves Federal court, in New York. Okoumou, who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on July 4 in what prosecutors called a "dangerous stunt" pleaded not guilty to misdemeanour trespassing and disorderly conduct. (Image: AP)

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 Therese Okoumou is joined by her attorney Rhiya Trivedi as she speaks to reporters outside the Federal court in New York. (Image: AP)

Therese Okoumou is joined by her attorney Rhiya Trivedi as she speaks to reporters outside the Federal court in New York. (Image: AP)

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 Liberty Island has been evacuated because of a climber at the Statue of Liberty. (Image: AP)

Liberty Island has been evacuated because of a climber at the Statue of Liberty. (Image: AP)

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 Therese Okoumou is joined by her attorney Rhiya Trivedi as she speaks to reporters outside the Federal court in New York. (Image: AP)

Therese Okoumou is joined by her attorney Rhiya Trivedi as she speaks to reporters outside the Federal court in New York. (Image: AP)