Actor intended to be arrested in Washington, DC demonstration to plea for action against human rights abuses in Sudan
Actor and activist George Clooney has been arrested while protesting in front of the Sudanese embassy in Washington, DC.
Clooney was protesting against human rights abuses by the Sudanese government. He had announced his protest in advance and intended to be arrested.
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) March 16, 2012
Joined by his father, journalist Nick Clooney, US Representative Jim Moran of Virginia and NAACP president Ben Jealous, the actor blocked the entrance to the Sudanese embassy. Clooney and the others were given three orders to disperse by the police and refused to do so.
Clooney arrives twitter.com/jamesbuck/stat…
— James Buck (@jamesbuck) March 16, 2012
With his hands cuffed behind his back in white zip-ties, Clooney addressed the plight of “innocent children” in Sudan.
“Stop raping them and stop starving them,” he told the media scrum. “That’s all that we ask.”
As he was led into a police van an onlooker shouted, “Thank you, George!”
Clooney has been in the capital since returning from a tour of Sudan two days ago. On Wednesday he testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the subject of violence in the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan, a state in Sudan near its border with newly independent South Sudan.
Clooney has called on US officials to pressure the Chinese government to force the government of Sudan to open the southern region of the country to relief efforts. As the rainy season approaches, large numbers of the region’s inhabitants could face starvation.
On Wednesday, Clooney met President Barack Obama to express his concerns for the people of Sudan. According to Clooney, President Obama promised to press Chinese president Hu Jintao on the issue at an upcoming bilateral meeting.
He appeared on NBC’s Today show earlier this week to explain his stance.
For years the Hollywood heavyweight has highlighted issues in Sudan and has traveled to the region extensively.
Only George Clooney could look so relaxed while being arrested wapo.st/yH0Nqs
— Mitch Benn (@MitchBenn) March 16, 2012
— debiex (@occupyspacetime) March 16, 2012
Way to go George! Clooney arrested for protesting the horrible violence in Sudan. Stand up for those who need a voice! RT to support George!
— Aspen Decker (@aspendecker) March 16, 2012
George Clooney’s arrest is a distraction for the bank heist Ben Affleck is doing across town #movieplot
— Richard Adams (@RichardA) March 16, 2012
from Ryan Devereaux