The Blind leading the Blind: Immigration activist arrested after scaling Statue of Liberty pedestal

Therese Patricia Okoumou

New York police officers arrested a woman who climbed onto the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday to protest the Trump administration’s separation of undocumented migrant families at the Mexican border. Seven other protesters were arrested earlier on the Fourth of July after they unfurled a banner reading “Abolish ICE” at the base of the statue. The protesters are part of a group named Rise and Resist, an organizer said, but the woman’s climb was not planned as part of the demonstration. After the woman, identified as Congolese immigrant Therese Patricia Okoumou, scaled the statue, Liberty Island was evacuated. A law enforcement official said officers climbed up to get her using a rope rescue system because they did not believe she would come down on her own.

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