Statue of Liberty climber lives anti-Trump protest, previously accused of abuse, reports say



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The Congolese immigrants who scaled the Statue of Liberty on July 4, to protest against the US immigration policy allegedly attended demonstrations against President Trump about once per week and was previously arrested for assaulting a cop.

Therese Patricia Okoumou, 44, is set to appear in New York City court Thursday. She was taken into custody Wednesday after a nearly four-hour standoff near the foot of Lady Liberty, where they scaled the monument wearing a T-shirt with the words “Rise & Resist” and “Trump Care Makes Us Sick.” The immigrant from the Democratic Republic of the Congo told the police she pulled the stunt in protest against the former policy of separating immigrant children from parents about the AMERICAN-mexican border illegally.

Therese Patricia Okoumou scaled the Statue of Liberty in protest of US immigration policy.

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Okoumou was attending anti-Trump protest about once a week after the accession to the group to Rise and to Withstand a couple of months ago was a member and activist Jay Walker told the New York Daily News. The 44-year-old he had moved to New York City 10 years ago and life on Staten Island.

“She is an active member of the Rise and Resist for four or five months,” Walker told the newspaper. “She has participated in many of our actions.”

The group in the first instance, taken away from Okoumou, but later admitted she was a member, and called her “our friend, our comrade, our sister.”

For her stunt on the Day of the Independence, Okoumou had a few run-ins with the law. The personal trainer was arrested in 2017 after a demonstration against the New York State Department of Labor in Manhattan. During the incident, and she covered her mouth with tape and refused to leave the building when police ordered her to, reports said. She kicked her feet and flailed her arms, while refusing to get into an ambulance, which leads to her hitting one of the officers on the scene.

Okoumou was charged with trespassing, obstruction of the government and the crime of aggression, the New York Daily News reported.

Therese Patricia Okoumou is an active member of the Rise and Resist.

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In 2011, she was faced with dozens of violations and $4,500 in fines after the illegal placement of advertisements to promote themselves as a personal trainer, the New York Post reported. She spent five hours posting flyers on the Manhattan utility poles.

Liberty State Park was closed Wednesday and evacuated as a precaution, hours before the closure, as the officers worked to Okoumou down the monument. Rise and Resist announced the demonstration in the moments before the 44-year-old scaled Lady Liberty. The group of about 40 protesters hung a banner from the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty adorned with a message about the abolition of ICE cream.

Emergence and resistance is at the Statue of Liberty demanding Trump and the GOP #AbolishICE reuniting families now, stop deportations and end detention as a deterrent. #EndFamilySeparation #AbolishCBP #FreeOurFuture #HereToStay

— Rise and Resist (@riseandresistny) July 4, 2018

Six other people were also arrested.

Walker Okoumou was involved in the planning of the demonstration, but the group did not know about her plans to climb the statue of liberty.

“We do not know whether they had this planned before they ever came to the statue of Liberty, or it was a spur-of-the-moment decision,” Walker told The Associated Press. He said that regardless, he felt the stunt is good publicity.

The group writes in a statement: “From the moment that we realized that this amazing woman we have come to know, love and respect was the person who had climbed to the foot of Lady Liberty, we had three themes: one for its security, second, for her safety as a woman of color, who was about to be taken by the enforcement of the law, and thirdly, to find the best legal representation that we could.”

Fox News’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Nicole, Darrah, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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