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President Donald Trump has called the woman who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July to protest his immigration policy a "clown".

A NY woman who scaled the stone pedestal of the Statue of Liberty to protest U.S. immigration policy pleaded not guilty to trespassing, disorderly conduct and interfering with governmental administration in her first court appearance on Thursday.

A source within the New York Police Department told CNN that the woman, who is part of the group Rise and Resist, was refusing to climb down from the statue until all children were released.

Rise and Resist, which reportedly formed after the 2016 election, said 40 people took part in the "banner action" and that Okoumou was one of them, though they were not aware of her plans to climb the statue later.

A woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty has been taken into custody after an hours long standoff, police said. Seven protestors within that group were arrested after they displayed a large banner that read "Abolish I.C.E".

The Statue of Liberty, from pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch is 305 feet, 6 inches tall.

At least one person was trying to scale the Statue of Liberty after a banner reading "Abolish ICE" was unfurled at its base Wednesday afternoon.

It was an unusual end to an otherwise stodgy hearing in which Okoumou, 44, pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor counts, including trespassing and disorderly conduct.

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She continued: "Trump has wrecked this country apart".

The protestor scaling the base of the famed monument was caught and rescued by federal Park Police at around 5:30 Wednesday evening. Authorities have reportedly recommended charges to USA attorney for the Southern District of NY.

The park service was reviewing security videotape to try to determine how the woman made the climb, Willis said.

He added: "I would have said, 'Let's gets some nets, and let's wait till she comes down".

"I expected when I first got up there, that first ledge we were standing on for I guess a good hour or so was nearly a 45-degree angle".

A federal judge released Therese Okoumou without bail after her court appearance.

Owing to the situation, people on their way to Liberty Island were not allowed to enter the park and people already there were evacuated.

The National Park Service chose to shut down Liberty Island over security concerns around 3:30 p.m., and within an hour all 4,500 visitors had been evacuated.

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