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Jane Fonda under arrest again

2019-11-04 22:39:23 BdST

2020-07-05 23:34:17 BdST

Published: 2019-11-04 22:39:23 BdST

Entertainment Live: Hollywood legend and activist Jane Fonda was arrested in Washington protesting politicians’ failure to address climate change.

“This time, I may be detained overnight and that’s fine for one night, big deal!” Fonda joked to reporters, noting that this was not her first arrest as police put plastic wire around her wrists.

Along with several dozen activists including actresses Rosanna Arquette and Catherine Keener, Fonda sat chanting on the floor of a Senate building where no demonstrations are allowed. A pacifist and feminist activist since the 1970s, Fonda, who still works full-time at almost 82, said she was drawn to the movement by Swedish teenager and climate advocate Greta Thunberg.

“There are many ways to fight. But I’m inspired by Greta Thunberg and the young student strikers all over the world,” she said.

“I’m a celebrity. So this is a way to use my celebrity to get the message out that we face a crisis that could determine whether or not our children and grandchildren have a future that’s even habitable.”

Fonda, who wore an eye-catching bright red coat, was referring to scientific reports indicating that sharp decreases in carbon emissions are necessary before 2030 if the world hopes to prevent catastrophic global warming.

“You can call it radical. But I think that what’s radical is not doing anything,” she quipped, noting that she has not endorsed any 2020 presidential hopeful. To those who call her a socialist, Fonda deftly suggests that “the fact that taxpayers pay $16 billion a year to subsidize the fossil fuel industry, that’s socialism.”


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