George Clooney and several activists were just arrested outside of the Sudan Embassy in Washington. Clooney’s father, Nick Clooney, was also reportedly with them and also arrested.
Clooney was in Washington D.C. to meet with President Barack Obama on Thursday to talk about his concerns in Sudan.
He went before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week about violence in the Nuba Mountains area of South Kordofan,which is near the Sudanese border. George is one of many activists who blame the Sudanese government for the attacks in that region. Those attacks have injured and killed civilians.
George and protestors were specifically protesting Sudan’s blockage of food and aid from entering that area. But because the embassy is private property, Clooney and the other activists knew that standing there and refusing to move would result in their arrest. Clooney led the protest.
George’s publicisit, Stan Rosenfield, told TMZ: "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."
During the protest, Clooney called on Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war criminal, to stop the violence and allow aid to reach that country. Clooney has protested the issues in Sudan for years. Like the Joseph Kony attention, George has said he wants to draw attention to Al-Bashir and his atrocities to “make him famous.”
According to TMZ, sources say George is happy about the arrest because it puts a spotlight on the crisis. Others who were arrested include congressmen, human rights leaders, and Sudanese citizens.