Jane Fonda arrested at climate change protest

Jane Fonda.
Jane Fonda. Photo credit: Reuters

Veteran actress Jane Fonda has been arrested at a climate change protest in Washington DC.

The 81-year-old organised the demonstration at the US capitol, which police deemed was unlawful.

Sixteen people were arrested, they told USA Today. Fonda was among them, her co-protesters confirmed.

The Barbarella star told local media she plans to protest and get arrested "every Friday into 2020" to raise awareness about climate change and "political paralysis". 

The protest was organised with Fire Drill Fridays, a group inspired by teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, whose School Strike for Climate movement saw her stage protests outside the Swedish parliament every Friday. 

"I will be on the Capitol every Friday, rain or shine, inspired and emboldened by the incredible movement our youth have created," Fonda wrote on the Fire Drill Fridays website.

"I can no longer stand by and let our elected officials ignore - and even worse - empower - the industries that are destroying our planet for profit. We can not continue to stand for this."

Fonda has long been politically active, notably opposing the US invasions of Vietnam and Iraq.



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