Actor George Clooney Arrested During Sudan Protest

Actor George Clooney, center, and Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., left, are led to a police vehicle after being arrested during a protest at the Sudan Embassy in Washington,  March 16, 2012.
Actor George Clooney, center, and Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., left, are led to a police vehicle after being arrested during a protest at the Sudan Embassy in Washington, March 16, 2012.
Meredith Buel

Academy Award-winning American actor George Clooney was arrested in Washington Friday during a protest over the humanitarian crisis in Sudan.

Clooney was the star attraction at a protest outside the Sudanese embassy.

The demonstrators accuse Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir of provoking a humanitarian crisis by blocking food and aid deliveries to people in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions.

“Immediately, we need humanitarian aid to be allowed into the Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, immediately,” said Clooney.

Clooney, on a recent visit to Sudan, saw people fleeing in terror to the hills and into caves because of the constant buzzing of government planes dropping bombs meant for insurgents, but frequently killing civilians.

The conflict severely hinders agriculture in the region, leading to fears of famine for hundreds of thousands of people.

“The second thing we are here to ask is a very simple thing, 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 is all we ask,” said the actor and activist

Clooney was swarmed by flashing cameras and TV crews, as hundreds of demonstrators waved signs and chanted slogans.

Selma Talhagebril is from the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

“It is unacceptable what is happening in Sudan. We need to stop the violence. We need to stop giving arms to the children. We need to stop having children soldiers. We need to stop starvation. We need to stop what happened in Sudan because that would never happen in any western country,” said Talhagebril.

Police arrested Clooney, his father, Nick, several members of the U.S. Congress and religious and civil rights leaders after warning them several times not to cross a police line in front of the embassy. They were released several hours later.

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by: Cha Cha Cohen
March 19, 2012 12:45 AM
All because somebody needs the oil! Poor life means nothing!

by: David
March 18, 2012 7:37 PM
It is a real attention grabber when someone of George Clooney's stature in the USA demonstrates his stance in Africa. Regrettably
Zimbabwe given all its tragic sadness and loss of life appear to have
faded totally into the background with World Leaders remarkably
quiet on this Country whilst it "melts down" and loss of life continues.

by: almoros idriss
March 17, 2012 10:22 AM
God has his own people of great souls and highest minds ever be at mankind service. Thank You so much the great actor George Clooney and all the human rights activits for caling the world to pay more attention to the millions of victims in South Kordofan and Blue Nile the victims of the evils selfishness and wrong beliefs! God bless all the great souls praying or protesting for our survived families, sisters and brothers in their homelands!

by: Mike
March 17, 2012 9:04 AM
It is sad that a story gets written because the nephew of Rosemary Clooney is arrested. Oh, That's right! VOA has been writing about this story on a regular basis as has many other news outlets. I guess we did not need old George anyway!

by: X-Factor
March 17, 2012 4:39 AM
Who kills others there ? Oil resources could make people kill each others in both side . By the way, South Sudan are not angels . They could hold weapons and kill others like everyone there . Humanitarian aid has been exploited to gain political and economical gains since ages . The scenario of this game has been changed by Russia and China . Hollywood will not delude people anymore .The hoax of peace has become out of date . Peace with Satan will lead to hell .

by: walter marafioti
March 16, 2012 9:32 PM
seem like to me that where is muslims or arabs and oil is always trouble, distruction and poverty...are this pople"human" after all, or they like this living condition? is many years we sending haids to support country rich in oil...are we making mistake doing that?
why the people making wheppon are not control?with chips cast in to the metal, so we can trace them?
probably it is no convenient to all......

by: Liz
March 16, 2012 7:51 PM
Well done! Admirable use of his high profile to draw attention to this horrendous situation!

by: Kiir
March 16, 2012 4:36 PM
Dear Readers,
I would encourage all southern Sudanese in Particular from Abyei, Nuba Mountain, Blue Nile, to stand behind George Clooney. What is happening are truth the N Sudan is throwing a bombardments to civilian in villages and used Air Forces. Men are killed, women are raped and villagers are forcibly and burnt. The Sudan government is, targeted women and girls by abductions, sexual slavery, and torture and forced them sexually or to be killed.These are the truth.

by: Gab
March 16, 2012 1:56 PM
Jewish community leaders Rabbi David Saperstein and Rabbi Steve Gutow, were also among the high-profile protesters arrested on today for blocking the way to the Sudan Embassy building in Washington, DC. Where are all the high profile Muslims and African Americans in these protests? If I am wrong, please correct me.

by: Gab
March 16, 2012 1:38 PM
Where are all the flotillas? Where are all the protests from the oil rich Middle East Muslim Countries? Why do people like George Clooney have to bring attention to the biggest humanitarian crisis in the Sudan, Chad, Somalia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other Muslim Countries. If it were not for oil, most Muslim Countries would be in crisis.
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