Jane Fonda Arrested at Capitol Hill While Protesting Climate Change
Following Fonda's arrest, Capitol Police released the following statement:
Today, the United States Capitol Police arrested 16 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol. All were charged with D.C. Code §22-1307, Crowding, Obstructing or Incommoding.
Apparently, Fonda plans on getting arrested again as soon as she's out. In an interview with the Washington Post, Fonda told the publication she plans on returning to Capitol Hill to protest for the next 14 weeks.
"I'm going to take my body, which is kind of famous and popular right now because of the [television] series and I'm going to go to D.C. and I'm going to have a rally every Friday," she said "It'll be called 'Fire Drill Friday.' And we're going to engage in civil disobedience and we're going to get arrested every Friday."
Watch the video of the arrest below.
CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE: New video shows actress Jane Fonda being arrested on the steps of the U.S. Capitol during a climate change protest, with Fonda demanding urgent action on a Green New Deal and fellow protesters cheering as she was led away. https://t.co/OFdgEGuLb9 pic.twitter.com/K8bVWbbYgq— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) October 11, 2019
Fonda is well known for her activism, dating back to her highly publicized arrest in 1970, when the actor was detained for drug smuggling following her anti-Vietnam war protest. The "drugs" were later tested and found to actually be vitamins, and she was released.
Over the years she has been using her platform to speak publicly on the topics of feminism, Indigenous rights, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and environmentalism.