For almost three hours on the Fourth of July, a woman scaled the Statue of Liberty and refused to leave in order to protest President Donald Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from their family. The naturalized USA citizen from Congo was escorted off the landmark by police on Wednesday, and pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct on Thursday.
- She declared that she wouldn't come down until "all the children are released", according to sources.
Her climb sparked a almost four-hour standoff with police.
The crass pretender to the crown could likewise learn some dignity and eloquence from Okoumou, but (duh) he won't; at a deranged rally Thursday, he was his usual stately self as he sneered, "You saw that clown yesterday on the Statue of Liberty?"
Okoumou pleaded not guilty at a court hearing where she was treated like a rock star by a courtroom packed with supporters wearing pro-immigration T-shirts who crowded the courtroom.
Donning a "white supremacy is terrorism" shirt outside of the courthouse on Thursday, Okoumousaid her decision was "spur of the moment". "While we must and do respect the rights of the people to peaceably protest, that right does not extend to breaking the law in ways that put others at risk".
"Our beloved first lady that I care so much about said that when they go low, we go high, and I went as high as I could", Okoumou said.
Outside court, the naturalized U.S. citizen from Congo said she climbed the landmark as a spur-of-the-moment protest over the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policies that resulted in the separation of immigrant children from parents accused of crossing the U.S. -Mexico border illegally. Although the group had planned a Fourth of July protest at the Statue of Liberty and even unfurled a banner that read "Abolish ICE" near the base of the monument, climbing the pedestal was apparently not part of their plan. "And when we got her, she couldn't go any further, and I think she realized that her time was up there", Glacken said.
Her next court appearance is scheduled for August 3.
Okoumou remained silent after someone asked about how she felt about people who "saved their money" to visit the statue not being able to due to her protest. If she is convicted of the charges, she could face up to 18 months behind bars.
Visitors were evacuated from Liberty Island via tour boats, as two Emergency Services Unit officers climbed a ladder to the statue's base, hoping to reason with the woman.
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