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Statue of Liberty Climber Awaits Court Appearance

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a Fourth of July protester who caused an evacuation of thousands of people by climbing the base of the Statue of Liberty will face a judge in New York.

The National Park Service said on Thursday that more than 4,000 visitors were evacuated as a precaution.

A federal official says the woman told police she was protesting the separation of immigrant children from parents who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

The official identifies the woman as Therese Okoumou. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss it and spoke on the condition of anonymity. A message left at a possible phone number for the defendant hasn’t been returned.

She was expected in court sometime Thursday.

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Associated Press Writer Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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