George Clooney arrested

2012-03-16 17:22

Washington - Actor George Clooney and his father have been arrested at a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.

The protesters accuse 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.

Clooney, his father, Nick and others, including Democratic US Representative Jim Moran of Virginia and civil rights leader Ben Jealous, were arrested after being warned three times not to cross a police line outside the embassy.

They were handcuffed and placed into a US Secret Service van.

Clooney said earlier that he hopes to draw more attention to the issue and that if action is not taken in the next three to four months "we're going to have a real humanitarian disaster."

A representative for Clooney issued this statement to EW.com: "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."

- Channel24

Comments

  • bounca363 - 2012-03-16 17:39

    PR stunt! If not then well done. Fight for what is right.

      alwynb - 2012-03-16 17:52

      The kinda PR that draws the right attention! Wish there were more like him.

      David - 2012-03-16 18:01

      I believe he does actually care and this not a PR thing to him... he does not need it to grow his fan base... this is real and well done to him. Lets hope that being arrested does not somehow lead to a criminal record on his passport that will give an excuse to Sudan and other countries to deny visa entry.

      christo.crous - 2012-03-16 19:21

      @Bounca363: You are the weakest link..GOODBYE..

      Silvana - 2012-03-17 08:01

      I don't believe that this was a PR stunt to increase his fan base. He is using his celebrity status to highlight the problems in Sudan. If I were the one arrested at the protest I wouldn't have made headlines. So PR or not, well done.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-16 17:40

    Bravo! Thats one way to draw attention. I admire his determination to use his fame to attract attention to the plight of others!

  • Samantha Stevens - 2012-03-16 18:08

    Well done to him- he does a lot of other humanitarian work and i hope he succeeds in his efforts

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-16 18:21

    Lol, celebs actually protest for things other than a red carpet invite?

  • paulgerber969 - 2012-03-16 18:54

    Another Rwanda ???? Genocide North is Muslim orientated South Christian. USA and UN OAU is doing nothing

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-16 20:19

    high 5000 goerge clooney...unlike britney spears filling the whole hollywood you actualy doing whats right...

  • jason.joao - 2012-03-16 22:06

    I just watched the video of his trip to Sudan. It's shocking. Big up Mr. Clooney.

  • braamc - 2012-03-17 06:04

    I will commit a crime to visit you in jail. No worries

  • atomasicchio - 2012-03-17 07:38

    Could this man get any sexier?!

  • acsteyn - 2012-03-17 11:43

    Well done George. Glad you used your fame for something good like this.

  • Alison - 2012-03-17 15:47

    And here I thought I couldn't like George more. Thanks for fighting for the rights of Africans

  • Theuns - 2012-03-17 16:14

    The arrest was probably pre-arranged like in the anti apatheid protests of old. But, if it saves 1 kid's life from starving, I dont have a problem.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-03-17 16:40

    @Gerhard - rich, good looking, film star, and probably a great person too, fighting for the rights of innocent men, women and children! No, you're the wanker here!

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-03-18 15:29

    If you have seen his video clip about Sudan... you will understand. At least he is trying to make a difference. I support you, George! Well done.

  • zikhona.mene - 2012-03-19 18:11

    Do people still have to attract attention so that they can be listened to?...are we moving anticlockwise in terms of democracy?or freedom perhaps

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