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Jane Fonda arrested at climate protest

By AAP Newswire

Actress Jane Fonda has been arrested again for protesting outside the Capitol in Washington in an effort to urge US officials to take climate change seriously.

This time, however, fellow Grace and Frankie actor Sam Waterston joined in on the protest and was also arrested.

"Today, the United States Capitol Police arrested 17 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating in the unit block of First Street, SE.," Eva Malecki, communications director with the Capitol Police, told Variety in a statement on Friday. She added that they were charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding.

Tweets of the two actors with their hands restrained were posted to social media. This is the second week in a row where Fonda has been arrested as part of her ongoing Fire Drill Fridays campaign, for which she vowed to protest on the Capitol every Friday through the end of the year.

"I will be on the Capitol every Friday, rain or shine, inspired and emboldened by the incredible movement our youth have created," Fonda wrote on her website. "I can no longer stand by and let our elected officials ignore - and even worse - empower - the industries that are destroying our planet for profit. We can not continue to stand for this."

The tweets show both Fonda and Waterston being detained by Capitol police.

Last Friday, 16 people were arrested and charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding after demonstrating on the Capitol.

On Fonda's website, she praises young activist's Greta Thunberg's actions, saying "our demands centre and uplift those of youth climate strikers across the country, who on September 20, 2019 sounded the alarm on the climate emergency and answered Greta Thunberg's call to action".

She also breaks down the five different demands that she hopes US officials will pay attention to, from the "implementation of sustainable agriculture" to "respect of indigenous land and sovereignty".