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article imageGeorge Clooney and father arrested during Sudan protest

By Marcus Hondro     Mar 17, 2012 in Entertainment
American actor George Clooney and his father were arrested on Friday, March 16 in Washington while taking part in a protest. The Academy Award winning actor is a known humanitarian and was protesting in front of the Sudanese Embassy.
The 50-year-old spoke at the protest before his arrest by the U.S. secret service, telling the crowd that he was there to tell the government in Khartoum to "stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children, stop raping them, stop starving them." Sudan President Omar Ahmed Hassan al-Bashir has been accused of killing his opposition and preventing aid to reach many in need.
Clooney supports Sudanese people
The embattled North African country is rife with conflict, with fighting continuing after the creation of South Sudan last year, human rights abuses in the Darfur region and tribal battles. Clooney has spoken out in opposition to the Sudanese government previous and two days before his arrest he testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about violence in the Sudan. That evening he dined at the White House with President Barack Obama.
Clooney was placed into a cell at the District of Columbia's Metropolitan Police Department’s 2nd District with a number of other arrested notables, including two Democrats, Mass. Rep. Jim McGovern and Virginia Rep. Jim Moran, NAACP president Ben Jealous and Rabbi Steve Gutow, the president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. His dad Nick was also in that cell.
After his release, Clooney told the media that it was the first time he had ever been arrested. "And let’s hope it’s my last,” he added.
Actor Clooney and his father being arrested in Washington during a Sudan protest
Actor Clooney and his father being arrested in Washington during a Sudan protest
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