Actress Jane Fonda, 82, was arrested this Friday on the US Congress stairs, along with a group of protesters demanding more government action in the fight against climate change.
"I'm going to wear my body, which is now somehow famous and popular for the series I'm going to do in the District of Columbia, and we're going to do a demonstration every Friday," the actress and activist told The Washington Post. .
A dozen people gathered on Friday on the Congressional staircase in Washington with posters on climate change challenging the police who ordered them to leave.
Jane Fonda, who was the third person to be handcuffed and detained, promised to continue the protests for the next 14 weeks, the time she will be in the US capital for the production of Netflix's "Grace and Frankie" series.
"We will incur civil disobedience and we will be arrested every Friday," Jane Fonda told the newspaper.
Congressional police said they had detained 16 people because of an "illegal demonstration on the east side of the Capitol." Spokeswoman Eva Malecki said detainees would be charged with disrupting and obstructing access to Congress.
In 1972, during the Vietnam War, Fonda visited Hanoi and was photographed sitting on a Vietnamese anti-aircraft artillery piece. Years later considered the action a mistake.
Speaking to the newspaper, he said that the protest was inspired by the young environmentalist Greta Thunberg, who last year started a school strike alone every Friday to protest politicians' inaction over climate change. Greta today has millions of followers worldwide.
"Greta said we have to act like the house is on fire. I'll call these protests the Friday fire drill," said Jane Fonda.
He added, "You don't see, but I have armor that protects me… I'm 82 years old. There's nothing you can do to me. No matter what you do."
The "Friday Fire Simulation" campaign announced in a statement that the protests will continue until at least mid-January and will be joined by "scientific celebrities, economists and people from affected communities."
Jane Fonda is an American actress, writer and activist, daughter of actor Henry Fonda. In the cinema received dozens of awards, including two Oscars for the best actress.
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