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George Clooney Arrested At Sudanese Embassy

George Clooney Arrested At Sudanese Embassy

This morning, Hollywood actor George Clooney, along with a group of congressmen, religious leaders and other cultural icons, assembled before the Sudanese embassy in Washington DC. They were there to speak out about the humanitarian crisis in the region, and protest Sudanese President Bashir’s attempts to prevent international aid from reaching those who need it.

After giving a series of short speeches, the protestors stepped onto embassy grounds. They were told that they would be arrested if they did not leave. After three warnings, they were arrested and removed to a nearby police van.

The Washington Post was on the scene, giving live updates throughout the protest, which can be seen on the WaPo site. Time Magazine has a slideshow of the event up on their website.

Clooney seems to be taking it in stride. E! reports that following his release this afternoon, he joked with reporters, “It is on my permanent record. And you know that that picture’s going to be all over everything.” He also explained that he hopes his arrest will shine a greater light on the problems being faced by the people of Sudan:

“Listen, what we’ve been trying to achieve today is we’re trying to bring attention to an ongoing emergency,” he continued. “Our job right now is to try to bring attention to it, and one of those ways was, apparently, get arrested.”

“I guess we’re not allowed to hang out at the Sudanese Embassy,” said Clooney’s father and fellow arrestee, Nick Clooney. “I didn’t know that.”

“I didn’t know that either,” George said, returning the conversation to his recent trip to Sudan. “We just came back, the real danger of course is there are people dying everyday there…Tens of thousands of people are going to die of starvation. That’s man-made. This isn’t a famine, this is a man-made tragedy.

“You never know if you’re going to accomplish anything, all we’re trying to do is bring attention to a moment. We hope this brings attention to it.”

So far, reactions to the arrest range from admiration to accusing the actor of cheap publicity stunts.

 

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5:50AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

George Clooney has done more than all the world's Governments put together to get attention of the crimes of humanity being committed in Sudan. Women getting raped by dozens of soldiers, children watching their parents being murdered and corrupt Governments starving people to death to keep their power. If it weren't for famous people like Clooney, that uses their fame and fortunes to help humanity, the world would forget about people suffering. There are many famous people that flash their names and fortunes around for their own gain. George Clooney is not one of them!

3:21AM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

Well done Cloney family!
You are a good example to others of how we all can make a difference for good!
Not so many people take as much notice of us however, as you. What a change could be made in our world if we all stood up for one another! Be courageous!
We are all one family as humanity!

4:36PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

He knows how to use his fame :)

3:00AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Sometimes, situations like that in Sudan are so overwhelming that one can lose oneself in inaction and despair. Not everybody is cut out to go to Sudan. Not everybody can fly to Washington to protest at the Sudanese embassy. Thankfully, George Clooney is one that can and can raise the profile of Sudan in the international community. But we can use our butterfly points in exchange for seed packets for South Sudan. I have redeemed 3 packages so far and I am about 70% towards number 4. They are 9,900 each. Is there a way that Care2 can reduce the "cost" so that more seeds pacquets can get to where they are needed.

10:53PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Why don't they arrest the person/people who are responsible for these atrocities--leave the do gooders alone!

9:08PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

He's one of the few stars that actually believes in the cause they represent. Most are worthy of your contempt but Clooney walks the walk he doesn't just run his mouth. Don't cast stones, call it a cheap attention grab or whatever until you check out what he's done. Not all celebrities are trash. Some like Clooney, Pitt, Damon do more than just photo-ops and throw money.

12:58PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

He's looking for attention

12:28PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

George, whoever calls this a cheap publicity stunt is ignorant. How is it a publicity stunt to care what happens to people and actually want to do something about it? I know I couldn't go over there and take video and get out of there and be able to show it and have it be seen on the same scale you have been able to expose it to. Since you are an actor and have recognition and know how to use it, more power to you! Influence people in the best way you can to show that genocide is wrong!!! I admire your tenacity and your staying power. Stay strong and Godspeed George

11:18AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

bravissimo george!!!!!!!!!!!!

10:32AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Good for them!

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