Actress Jane Fonda was taken into police custody Friday in Washington DC, while participating in a climate crisis demonstration.
The incident comes as the 82-year-old actress and activist launched her “Fire Drill Fridays” campaign, a civil disobedience effort to raise awareness of environmental challenges.
“The United States Capitol Police arrested 16 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol,” Eva Malecki, spokeswoman for the Capitol police said.
All were charged with “crowding, obstructing or incommoding”.
Images on social media showed Fonda clad all in red, handcuffed and being escorted off the steps of the Capitol by authorities. A small group of protesters stood by, applauding.
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Fonda, the Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning actress, activist and former model, recently moved from her Los Angeles home to DC for four months to join the climate change movement. In recent interviews she said she was greatly inspired to act after watching Swedish 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg.
Fonda’s arrest was part of her plan to execute a series of teach-ins and weekly rallies outside the Capitol to urge the government to enact changes to address climate change.
She calls these protests “Fire Drill Friday,” and it happens at 11 am on Fridays in front of the Capitol every week. Fonda is joined by groups of Greenpeace Friends of the Earth and Oil Change International, all of which are active against climate change.