Jane Fonda arrested at climate protest
OSCAR-winner Jane Fonda has been arrested outside the US Capitol, where she was protesting climate change and demanding action to protect the environment.
The 81-year-old film star, longtime activist and exercise guru was taken into custody with several others after 10 minutes of protesting on the Capitol steps in Washington.
“Today, the United States Capitol Police arrested 16 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating on the East Front of the US Capitol,” a police spokeswoman said.
Fonda, dressed in a bright red overcoat, chanted climate action slogans before she was handcuffed and led away to cheers from fellow protesters.
Fonda recently said she was moving to Washington for four months, fully committed to fighting global warming with a passion similar to that of Swedish teenager and climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Speaking to a small gathering before her arrest, Fonda decried the “man-made crisis” of climate change and said she would be returning to Capitol Hill “every Friday” for a series of rallies in the coming weeks.
“This is a collective crisis that demands collective action now,” she said.