Jane Fonda is arrested at a climate change rally on Capitol Hill after moving to Washington DC and vowing to protest 'every Friday' in echoes of her 1970s Vietnam protests

  • Jane Fonda arrested at a climate change rally by the Capitol Building on Friday
  • The actress appeared to be led away by police with her hands zip-tied
  • She took a break from her Netflix show to move to Washington D.C. to protest
  • Fonda claimed to have been inspired by Sweden's Greta Thunberg

Jane Fonda has been arrested during a climate change rally after moving to Washington D.C. to protest 'every Friday'.

The 81-year-old actress's hands appeared to be zip-tied as she was taken away by police on the steps in front of the Capitol Building in the US capital.

She was filmed standing beside Oil Change International protesters, who started a chant demanding for 'climate justice now'.

The actress previously took a stand against the Vietnam War, for which some nicknamed 'Hanoi Jane'. 

Jane Fonda appeared to have been arrested in front of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

Jane Fonda appeared to have been arrested in front of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

Fonda was led away by police on Friday. Her hands appeared to be zip-tied
She has recently spoken out about the climate crisis and vowed to protest every Friday 'rain or shine'

Fonda was led away by police on Friday. Her hands appeared to be zip-tied. She has recently spoken out about the climate crisis and vowed to protest every Friday 'rain or shine'

The actress is pictured visiting an anti-aircraft position in North Vietnam in this July 1972 photo

The actress is pictured visiting an anti-aircraft position in North Vietnam in this July 1972 photo

The US actress and peace activist Fonda is pictured holding a camera as she visits a bombed out site in Hanoi in July 1972

The US actress and peace activist Fonda is pictured holding a camera as she visits a bombed out site in Hanoi in July 1972

Fonda walked away hands behind her back as she was taken to a police car

Fonda walked away hands behind her back as she was taken to a police car

The activist is pictured in July 1972 as she visited a nursery in Hanoi

The activist is pictured in July 1972 as she visited a nursery in Hanoi

As Fonda was led away yesterday the crowds applauded her and shouted, 'We love you Jane!'

The Los Angeles Times claimed that it was her mission to get arrested. The actress has vowed to protest each week 'rain or shine'.

Fonda claimed to have been 'inspired and emboldened by the incredible movement' spearheaded by young activists including Sweden's Greta Thunberg.

She 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. 

Why is Jane Fonda called Hanoi Jane?

Fonda at a press conference on local protest plans in 1970

Fonda at a press conference on local protest plans in 1970

Jane Fonda was one of the most public faces in the anti-war movement throughout the years that the United States was in Vietnam, but drew the outrage of many in 1972 when she travelled to Hanoi in North Vietnam.

After touring the area and being heavily photographed with the forces that the US were fighting, Fonda publicly attacked her country for bombing farmland and destroying the dyke system which was crucial to feeding much of the population. 

The United States denied ever carrying out such an action.

It was the photograph of Fonda on an antiaircraft gun that would have been used to shoot down and destroy American planes before taking any surviving servicemen captives as POWs that truly angered millions, and is still a great source of outrage for some veterans.

Congress later held hearings to decide if Fonda should be punished for her actions, with many calling her trip an act of treason and the actress a traitor.

At the same time, false reports began to surface also claiming that Fonda spoke with POWs in North Vietnam and relayed the information they shared with her to enemy troops.

Fonda wrote about the infamous antiaircraft gun photo in her 2005 memoir My Life So Far.

American actress and political activist Fonda and her husband, social and political activist Tom Hayden, during an anti-nuclear demonstration in New York

American actress and political activist Fonda and her husband, social and political activist Tom Hayden, during an anti-nuclear demonstration in New York

'Someone (I don’t remember who) leads me toward the gun, and I sit down, still laughing, still applauding. It all has nothing to do with where I am sitting. I hardly even think about where I am sitting,' said Fonda. 

'The cameras flash. I get up, and as I start to walk back to the car with the translator, the implication of what has just happened hits me. Oh, my God. It’s going to look like I was trying to shoot down U.S. planes! I plead with him, You have to be sure those photographs are not published. Please, you can’t let them be published.' 

She went on to write: 'I am assured it will be taken care of. I don’t know what else to do. It is possible that the Vietnamese had it all planned. I will never know. If they did, can I really blame them? The buck stops here.

'If I was used, I allowed it to happen. It was my mistake, and I have paid and continue to pay a heavy price for it.'  

'We can not continue to stand for this.' 

After reading about Thunberg's personal battle with the climate crisis she was determined to act.

Fonda said: 'She realized that the crisis was barreling straight at us, like a train and looked around and people weren’t behaving appropriately.

'It so traumatized her that she stopped eating. I hadn’t realized that she stopped eating and speaking for almost a year. And that really hit me.'

Fonda was given permission to take a break from Netflix series 'Grace and Frankie' to join protesters for 'Fire Drill Fridays.' 

Fonda was claimed to be demanding urgent action on a Green New Deal when she was arrested. Fellow protesters cheered as she was led away and shout, 'We love you Jane'

Fonda was claimed to be demanding urgent action on a Green New Deal when she was arrested. Fellow protesters cheered as she was led away and shout, 'We love you Jane'

Jane Fonda attending a political rally at Gallaghers Restaurant in the 1970's in New York City

Jane Fonda attending a political rally at Gallaghers Restaurant in the 1970's in New York City

Fonda is shown in a 1970 police mug shot after she was arrested for assault and battery in Cleveland, Ohio, after she allegedly kicked a cop. All charges were later dropped

Fonda is shown in a 1970 police mug shot after she was arrested for assault and battery in Cleveland, Ohio, after she allegedly kicked a cop. All charges were later dropped

She wrote: 'I’ve moved to Washington, D.C. to be closer to the epicenter of the fight for our climate.'

Fonda told the L.A. Times that after Donald Trump was elected she 'tried to get him on the climate thing' 

She explained: 'I know men like him. Not as bad, but I know men like him. And the ego is a big thing.'

In a bizarre note, she even said that she considered taking 'some gorgeous woman climate activists' to try to sway the President.

Fonda took time off from Netflix series 'Grace and Frankie' to move to the US capital so she could join protesters for 'Fire Drill Fridays'
Fonda famously protested the Vietnam War in the past

Fonda took time off from Netflix series 'Grace and Frankie' to move to the US capital so she could join protesters for 'Fire Drill Fridays'. Fonda famously protested the Vietnam War in the past

Jane Fonda smiles alongside Henry and Peter Fonda in this 1970 image

Jane Fonda smiles alongside Henry and Peter Fonda in this 1970 image

Fonda claimed to have been inspired to act by Greta Thunberg, a young activist from Sweden

Fonda claimed to have been inspired to act by Greta Thunberg, a young activist from Sweden

Jane Fonda is pictured here with Roger Vadim in a restaurant in 1970

Jane Fonda is pictured here with Roger Vadim in a restaurant in 1970

Fonda added: 'I talked to Pamela Anderson, for example. And if she has to get on her knees and just say, “You’re going to be a hero. You can save the world.”' 

Fonda also criticized former California Governor Jerry Brown for allegedly ignoring oil companies that continue to drill 'all over California.'

DailyMail.com reached out to Jane Fonda's representatives for comment but did not immediately hear back.   

Jane Fonda is arrested at climate change rally in Washington D.C. after moving to the capital

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