George Clooney was arrested on Friday morning for protesting outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington. The Irish American, 50-year-old actor, along with his father Nick and a number of other protesters were warned three times by the police not to cross their line outside the embassy.
The protesters accused Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir, of provoking a humanitarian crisis and blocking food and aid from the Nuba Mountains, in South Sudan.
Clooney was led away in handcuffs by two officers. He was arrested for civil disobedience.
USA Today reported that Clooney said “This is for the government in Khartoum to stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children. Stop raping them and stop starving them. That's all we ask.”
They had accused Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, of provoking a humanitarian crisis and blocking food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountains in the county's border region with South Sudan.
Among the protesters were Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia and NAACP President Ben Jealous. They were also arrested and placed into a US Secret Service van.
After the arrests Clooney’s representatives released a statement. It read “They were protesting the violence committed by the government of Sudan on its own innocent men, women and children. They were demanding they allow humanitarian aid into the country before it becomes the largest humanitarian crisis in the world."
Clooney, who has just returned from a trip to the region to highlight the cause, led the protest. He said he hopes it will draw more attention to the issue and said he was impressed with President Obama’s personal engagement on the issue.
He added, speaking to AP, that if there is no action on the issue in the next three to four months “we're going to have a real humanitarian disaster.”
On Wednesday, the actor testified before Congress about the "campaign of murder" in Sudan.
Here's video footage from the Friday morning events:
Video of George Clooney during his recent video to Sudan (BE WARNED - GRAPHIC CONTENT):
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