Woman climbs base of Statue of Liberty to protest Trump’s immigration policy

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Jul 2018 09:10:19


 

By Yoshita Singh,

NEW YORK,

AN immigrant woman who scaled up the stone pedestal of the iconic Statue of Liberty to protest President Donald Trump’s controversial “zero tolerance” immigration policy has been arrested after a three hour-long standoff with the police amid US’ Independence Day celebrations.


The woman identified as Therese Patricia Okoumou, an immigrant from Democratic Republic of the Congo staged the dramatic protest against Trump’s tough immigration policy that has separated nearly 2,000 children from their parents and guardians and placed into holding facilities between April 19 and May 31 of this year.


The controversial decision however has been reversed by President Trump through an executive order following widespread protests against the move. Okoumou climbed up to the base of the Statue of Liberty late afternoon yesterday leading, law enforcement officials to order evacuation of the Liberty Island on a day when thousands of visitors and tourists flock to the island where the Statue is located to see one of the most iconic symbols of America and its immigration history.


At first authorities tried to talk the woman down but she refused to leave. For nearly three hours, she sat at the base of the statue, sometimes sitting in the folds of the statue’s dress and under Lady Liberty’s sandal. The woman was part of a group of protesters and had declared that she wouldn’t come down until “all the children are released,” a source with the New York Police Department told CNN.


About 16 officers with the New York City Police Department took part in the risky rescue/apprehension effort, Officer Brian Glacken said in a news conference Wednesday.
“At first, she wasn’t friendly with us, but we took the time to get a rapport with her so that took a while,” said Glacken.