George Clooney Arrested At Sudan Protest [VIDEO]
Today, Academy Award winning actor George Clooney was arrested outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington, protesting the country's treatment of its people and the blockage of food and assistance from entering the Nuba Mountains. Among the group arrested with Clooney was his father Nick, Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Rep Jim McGovern, Rep. Jim Moran, and former Rep. Tom Andrews.
Speaking to the assembled crowd, Clooney said that the blocking of food and supplies to the Nuba Mountains puts more than a half-million people are risk of starvation, and with the upcoming rainy season, the situation is urgent. Clooney also spoke about the Sudanese government's treatment of its citizens, saying the protesting group wants,
"the (Sudanese) government in Khartoum to stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children. Stop raping them, and stop starving them."
The protesters, who were holding signs saying "Sudan: Stop Weapons of Mass Starvation", were warned three times by police to leave the area as it is private property.
Yesterday, Clooney testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about what he witnessed while in the Sudan, later meeting with Sen. Hilary Clinton and President Obama in the Oval Office. Clooney said that Obama promised to urge China's president to help in forcing Sudan to allow relief forces into the affected areas.