By James Warren • 12 October 2019 • 11:23
ARREST: American Actress Jane Fonda (in red) has been arrested in Washington during climate protests. Source: Twitter @ssteingraber1
81 YEAR OLD American actress Jane Fonda has been arrested and led away in handcuffs for her part in a climate change protest in the city of Washington DC yesterday.
The arrest was made as she, along with 16 other protesters were making a stand outside the Capitol Building in Washington as part of Oil Change International, a group dedicated to the advocation of clean energy.
In a statement made prior to the arrest on her website, Fonda had said that she had been inspired by the “incredible movement our youth have created” and she moved to the US capital to be close to the epicentre of the demonstrations.
She, along with her 16 fellow protestors was charged with crowding, obstructing and incommoding.
She vowed to protest every Friday until January to demand for action to be taken to address climate change. Ms Fonda labelled the protests “Fire Drill Fridays”.
On her website she urged members of fellow activist groups Black Lives Matter and Sunrise Movement to join the protests.
The Sunrise Movement is an youth organisation that wants to stop climate change and create millions of jobs in the process.
This latest incident is not the first time Fonda has landed herself in trouble for protesting.
She has previously worked closely with the Black Panther movement which aimed to provide armed citizen patrols to monitor police behaviour and challenge police brutality in Oakland.
Fonda has also spoke at the global climate strike in Los Angeles last month as well as spending Thanksgiving in 2016 at Standing rock to protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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