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Friday, March 16, 2012

George Clooney taken away in handcuffs after being arrested at Sudan protest in Washington

By Daily Mail Reporter

George Clooney is led away in handcuffs by two officers after being arrested for civil disobedience after protesting at the Sudan Embassy in Washington

George Clooney was today taken away in handcuffs after being arrested at a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.

The 50-year-old actor, his father Nick and a number of other protesters had been given three verbal warnings by police not to cross a police line outside the embassy before being taken into custody.

They had accused 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.

The 50-year-old actor had ignored three warnings from officers not to cross a police line at the embassy

A police officer handles Clooney as he taken away from protest over the escalating humanitarian crisis in Sudan

'We are here really to ask two very simple questions,' the academy-award winning actor had said shortly before his arrest, according a report on CNN.

'The first question is something immediate - and immediately we need humanitarian aid to be allowed into the Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.'

Clooney added that the second thing he was there for, 'is for the government in Khartoum to stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children. Stop raping them and stop starving them.'

Others protestors, including Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia and NAACP President Ben Jealous, were also arrested.

Clooney and his father Nick were protesting against the country's humanitarian crisis and food and aid being blocked from entering the Nuba Mountains

George Clooney watches as his father Nick (2nd R) is also are arrested after protesting at the Sudan Embassy

Clooney appears to be in high spirits as he is placed into a U.S. Secret Service van after his arrest

Arrest: George Clooney had been at the White House yesterday to talk to President Obama about Sudan

They were all handcuffed and placed into a U.S. Secret Service van.

Clooney said that he hopes to draw more attention to the issue and is impressed with President Barack Obama's personal engagement on it.

The actor also said that if action is not taken in the next three to four months ‘we're going to have a real humanitarian disaster.’

Clooney has visited the region recently, here he is pictured with someone that was injured in a rocket attack in the Nuba Mountains

Clooney travelled across the Sudanese border into the rebel-held territory in Sudan's Nuba Mountains with the Enough Project and he wrote and directed a video-diary which was posted on YouTube.

The video, written and directed by the actor, ends with Clooney standing over a dead body

Clooney was joined by his father, Nick, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, among others, as he walked to the protest site.

The group held a sign that read: ‘Sudan: Stop Weapons of Mass Starvation.’

Watch Clooney's YouTube video here:



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