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A woman climbed up the robes of the statue as part of a protest to the separation of migrant families and remained up there for almost three hours before law enforcement managed to take her into custody.

Okoumou is now being held on federal charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct and other charges, the New York Daily News reports.

A Staten Island woman is facing a slew of charges after climbing the Statue of Liberty. After several people were arrested in that demonstration, Okoumou walked to another part of the statue base and refused to move "until all the [migrant] children are released", a New York City Police Department official told CNN. "She was on the copper of a national icon", Willis said, adding that the copper is very thin and malleable.

Her climb sparked a almost four-hour standoff with police.

He went on to praise the NYPD and US Park Police for their efforts in bringing Okoumou down from the statute 89 feet above the ground, according to the New York Post.

"That statue has been out in the middle of New York Harbor for 130 years - with hurricanes and lightning and everything that nature has thrown at her", he said.

They too were facing misdemeanor federal charges, Willis said.

Police earlier indicated that seven other protesters from her group may have encouraged Okoumou to climb the statue, but her colleagues have said that they were not aware of her decision.

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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.

Statue Cruises, which provides trips to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, turned away as many as 3,000 people because of the statue climber, company representative Rafael Abreu said. Outside of the courthouse, Okoumou slammed President Donald Trump and his "zero-tolerance" immigration policy.

The National Park Service chose to evacuate more than 4,000 visitors from Liberty Island on Wednesday out of an abundance of caution, spokesman Jerry Willis said.

If convicted, Okoumou would face up to six months behind bars on each count.

Another user, Sarah, said the island was being "evacuated of all tourists".

Her next court appearance is scheduled for August 3.

Calling Okoumou a "clown," the president told a Montana rally audience that "I would have said let's get some nets, we'll wait 'til she....just get some nets".

Police officers were tethered to the statue, and after a brief standoff, they lowered Okoumou to safety.

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