Jane Fonda arrested at climate-change protest in Washington


The 81-year-old actress was arrested at a climate change protest in DC, reports Entertainment Tonight, just as she planned it. Fonda has moved to DC for four months to take part in protests every Friday at the Capitol.

"Today, the United States Capitol Police arrested 16 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol", Capitol Police communications director Eva Malecki said in a statement to Variety.

Capitol police say they have all been charged with "crowding, obstructing or incommoding".

Fonda claimed to have been "inspired and emboldened by the incredible movement" spearheaded by young activists including Sweden's Greta Thunberg.

"The image of Jane Fonda, Barbarella, Henry Fonda's daughter, sitting on an enemy aircraft gun was a betrayal", she said in 2005, "the largest lapse of judgment I can imagine".

Fonda is no stranger to political activism. Celebrities, scientists, economists and people from impacted communities will join her for "Fire Drill Friday", each week.

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On the topic of climate change, Fonda says she has been inspired by environmental activists like Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old whose campaigning has gained worldwide recognition. Amid the protest, Fonda was arrested, handcuffed and placed in a police van, video posted to social media shows.

"It so traumatized her that she stopped eating".

In 2011, she also wrote: "I hardly even thought about where I was sitting".

Fonda said the rallies will concentrate on a push to stop all new leasing permits for fossil fuel development on public lands and waters, and to seek a gradual phaseout over 30 years, so that people who work for the fossil fuel industry will get "decent union jobs" that can support families. "And that really hit me". Not as bad, but I know men like him. For that, she was dubbed "Hanoi Jane" and a traitor by some.

"I tried to get to [Trump] on the climate right afterwards", Fonda added, noting how she called both Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, but they did "nothing".