News

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.


















This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments page of 2
    Next 
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.
Comments page of 2
    Next 

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Olympics Construction Scars Sacred Korean Mountaini
X
July 02, 2015 4:10 AM
Environmentalists in South Korea are protesting a Winter Olympics construction project to build a ski slope through a 500-year-old protected forest. Brian Padden reports that although there is strong national support for hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, there are growing public concerns over the costs and possible ecological damage at the revered mountain.
Video

Video Olympics Construction Scars Sacred Korean Mountain

Environmentalists in South Korea are protesting a Winter Olympics construction project to build a ski slope through a 500-year-old protected forest. Brian Padden reports that although there is strong national support for hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, there are growing public concerns over the costs and possible ecological damage at the revered mountain.
Video

Video Xenophobia Victims in South Africa Flee Violence, Then Return

Many Malawians fled South Africa early this year after xenophobic attacks on African immigrants. But many quickly found life was no better at home and have returned to South Africa – often illegally and without jobs, and facing the tough task of having to start over. Lameck Masina and Anita Powell file from Johannesburg.
Video

Video Family of American Marine Calls for Release From Iranian Prison

As the crowd of journalists covering the Iran talks swells, so too do the opportunities for media coverage.  Hoping to catch the attention of high-level diplomats, the family of American-Iranian marine Amir Hekmati is in Vienna, pleading for his release from an Iranian prison after nearly 4 years.  VOA’s Heather Murdock reports from Vienna.
Video

Video UK Holds Terror Drill as MPs Mull Tunisia Response

After pledging a tough response to last Friday’s terror attack in Tunisia, which came just days before the 10th anniversary of the bomb attacks on London’s transport network, British security services are shifting their focus to overseas counter-terror operations. VOA's Henry Ridgwell has more.
Video

Video Obama on Cuba: This is What Change Looks Like

President Barack Obama says the United States will soon reopen its embassy in Cuba for the first time since 1961, ending a half-century of isolation. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Internet

Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
Video

Video US Silica Sand Mining Surge Worries Illinois Residents, Businesses

Increased domestic U.S. oil and gas production, thanks to advances known as “fracking,” has created a boom for other industries supporting that extraction. Demand for silica sand, used in fracking, could triple over the next five years. In the Midwest state of Illinois, people living near the mines are worried about how increased silica sand mining will affect their businesses and their health. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more in this first of a series of reports.
Video

Video Blind Somali Journalist Defies Odds in Mogadishu

Despite improving security in the last few years, Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – even more so for someone who cannot see. Abdulaziz Billow has the story of journalist Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal, who has been reporting from the Somali capital for the last decade despite being blind.
Video

Video Texas Defies Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Texas state officials have criticized the US Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide. The attorney general of Texas says last week's decision did not overrule constitutional "rights of religious liberty," and therefore officials performing wedding services can refuse to perform them for same-sex couples if it is against their religious beliefs. Zlatica Hoke reports on the controversy.
Video

Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

France is on high alert after last week's terrorist attack near the city Lyon, just six months after deadly Paris shootings. The attack have added new tensions to relations between French Jews and Muslims. France’s Jewish and Muslim communities also share a common heritage, though, and as far as one French rabbi is concerned, they are destined to be friends. From the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, Lisa Bryant reports about Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his friendship bus.
Video

Video Saudi Leaks Expose ‘Checkbook Diplomacy’ In Battle With Iran

Saudi Arabia’s willingness to wield its oil money on the global diplomatic stage appears to have been laid bare, after the website WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of leaked cables from Riyadh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video In Kenya, Police Said to Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

An organization that documents torture and extrajudicial killings says Kenyan police were responsible for 1,252 shooting deaths in five cities, including Nairobi, between 2009 and 2014, representing 67 percent of all gun deaths in the areas reviewed. Gabe Joselow has more from Nairobi.

VOA Blogs