Joaquin Phoenix was arrested outside the US Congress, along with other climate change protestors, on Friday.
This comes right after a week when the Joker starrer won the Golden Globe and used his acceptance speech to highlight the climate issue.
He joined in the Fire Drill Friday event along with activists and actors Maggie Gyllenhaal, Martin Sheen and Jane Fonda, who has been protesting in D.C. on the perils of climate change.
The protests” demanded that action by their political leaders be taken to address the climate emergency they are in”
According to US Capitol Police, 147 protesters were arrested in total for the unlawful demonstration.
Police say the arrests were for “crowding,” “obstructing” or “incommoding.”
Joaquin Phoenix: "I struggle so much with what I can do [to combat climate change] at times. There are things that I can't avoid — I flew a plane out here today, or last night rather. But one thing that I can do is change my eating habits." pic.twitter.com/RaZILYq0La
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According to Fire Drill Fridays spokesman Ira Arlook, Phoenix, 45, and Sheen, 79 were both quickly released. Authorities processed individuals on-site, for expedience, given the number of arrests at the protest. It was unclear what penalties they have or may face.
Jane Fonda has been routinely leading the Fire Drill Fridays protests in D.C. since last October, as well as getting arrested for her involvement on four separate occasions.
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