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George Clooney arrested in US for Sudan protest

The Ides of March, George Clooney

Story by Jack Foley

GEORGE Clooney has been arrested at a protest outside Sudan’s embassy in Washington DC.

The breaking news has been confirmed by his representatives although details of how this came to pass are still being revealed.

It appears that the actor and several colleagues, including his father, were given three verbal warnings to leave the embassy’s premises on Friday, March 16, 2012, but were led away in handcuffs by local police when they refused to comply.

The politically aware Oscar winner – who has worked hard to bring the suffering in Darfur to the global spotlight – has been mounting a Beltway campaign this week to bring awareness to the struggle of the Sudanese people.

And he joined demonstrators as they gathered outside the embassy on Friday morning to protest Sudan President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir’s alleged campaign to block international food and aid packages from reaching the Nuba Mountains.

A statement put out by Clooney’s rep confirmed: “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.”

Clooney himself spoke to reporters just before the arrests took place to announce the goal of the demonstration outside Sudan’s embassy.

He told MSNBC: “The [thing] we’re here to ask – it’s 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.”

Earlier in the week, Clooney had returned from a fact-finding trip to Sudan to testify about the humanitarian crisis before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington DC. He also lobbied US President Barack Obama to take more firm action in the region during a White House meeting on Thursday.

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