Jane Fonda arrested at climate change protest

Actor is one of 16 people detained over demonstration at the US Capitol building

Actor Jane Fonda has been arrested. File photograph: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images

Actor Jane Fonda has been arrested. File photograph: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images

 

Actor Jane Fonda has been arrested after taking part in climate change protests in Washington, DC.

Fonda, who has a long history of activism, was filmed being handcuffed outside the US Capitol building on Friday before being led away to a police vehicle.

The 81-year-old Academy Award winner was one of 16 people arrested at the US Capitol for unlawfully protesting and was charged with “crowding, obstructing or incommoding”, police said.

She was released hours later.

Fonda was protesting against climate change alongside a group called Oil Change International.

She said she would be part of the protests on her website on Thursday.

“I will be on the Capitol every Friday, rain or shine, inspired and emboldened by the incredible movement our youth have created,” Fonda wrote.

She moved to Washington, DC, to be more involved in the fight against climate change, she said.

Fonda is as famous for her activism as she is for her acting. In the 1960s, she was one of the main figures of the counterculture movement and staunchly opposed the Vietnam War.

She has been arrested several times throughout her career. – PA