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Fonda set for anti-Iraq war tour

Jane Fonda
Fonda promised that the tour would be "pretty exciting"

US actress Jane Fonda says she is planning to go on a nationwide bus tour in protest at her country's military intervention in Iraq.

The 67-year-old activist says she will be joined by families of Iraq war veterans on the tour, due next March, and use a bus run on vegetable oil.

Her announcement, made while promoting her autobiography at a bookshop in New Mexico, was cheered by the audience.

The star was dubbed Hanoi Jane in the 70s for her stance on the Vietnam War.

She caused an outcry when she was photographed sitting on an anti-aircraft gun in north Vietnam in 1972, while touring the country to call for an end to the war.

Although she has since called it the "largest lapse of judgment that I can even imagine", some people have never forgiven her.

In April, while promoting her book in Kansas City, she was spat at in the face by a man claiming to be a Vietnam veteran.

'Pretty exciting'

"I have not taken a stand on any war since Vietnam," she told some 600 people who turned up to see her speak at the bookshop in Santa Fe. "I carry a lot of baggage from that."

Jane Fonda in Hanoi in 1972
Fonda has apologised for her 1972 trip to Hanoi

But she said she had been encouraged to join the anti-Iraq war movement after meeting war veterans on her book tour.

"I've decided I'm coming out," she was quoted by the Associated Press as saying.

Ms Fonda said little else about the tour, other than her daughter would be joining her.

"I can't go into any detail except to say that it's going to be pretty exciting," she said.

The actress, who has won an Oscar twice and been nominated a further five times, was promoting her book, My Life So Far.

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