Woman arrested for Statue of Liberty protest is released from police custody

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The woman arrested for scaling the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July was released from police custody Thursday.

She has since been identified as immigration activist Therese Okoumou.

Her climb sparked an evacuation of Liberty Island as police worked to get her to come down.

For hours she sat by Lady Liberty's feet waving a T-shirt reading “rise and resist" on one side and "Trumpcare makes us sick" on the other.

The incident came just hours after at least six people were arrested for hanging a banner on the statue reading "abolish ICE."

Members of the group behind the demonstration "Rise and Resist” say they did not know of the woman's intent to scale the statue and that it was made independently.

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