Woman climbs Statue Of Liberty to protest separation of migrant families
By James Herring on Friday, July 6, 2018
A New York woman who climbed up to the robes of the Statue of Liberty to protest the separation of migrant families was taken into custody after a standoff with police yesterday.
But not before stunt had generated thousands of headlines for her cause – all around the world.
Authorities had tried to talk Therese Patricia Okoumou down but she refused to leave.
For nearly three hours, she sat in the folds of the statue’s dress – while TV helicopters buzzed the monument.
Police said Okoumou apologised to them for having to climb up and get her.
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.
“Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.” #MLK #ThereseOkoumou pic.twitter.com/SVLqyEMDeN
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) July 5, 2018
This brave woman. From the literal foot of Liberty. Legs crossed. Speaking, calmly, for all of us. With a sense of morality & humanity. Release those children. Reunite the families. Stay awake America. Do not lose your outrage. Do not become numb to injustice. This is patriotism. pic.twitter.com/hKTM1PCTyv
— Scott Hechinger (@ScottHech) July 5, 2018
“Differences of race, nationality or religion should not be used to deny any human being citizenship rights or privileges.” – Rosa Parks
“When one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks #TheresePatriciaOkoumou pic.twitter.com/BMYjkdAH6O
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) July 5, 2018
Strength and power to #TheresePatriciaOkoumou for shutting down liberty island on the 4th of July to demand liberty for immigrant children locked behind bars. #WomenDisobey pic.twitter.com/DiGqVsusHR
— Women’s March (@womensmarch) July 5, 2018