Actor and self-proclaimed activist Sean Penn seems to be on an “Arab Spring” tour of sorts.
Last Friday, Penn appeared at a protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where he praised the Egyptian revolution and proclaimed, “…there [needs to be] a transition of power from the military to the people.”
Apparently, that wasn’t the end of the actor’s Middle Eastern speaking and “humanitarian” tour. On Wednesday, he visited Tripoli where he was quite cryptic about his reasons for being in the civil war-tattered nation.
However, he did tell the Associated Press that he admires “the courage to say we want freedom.” Penn continued by proclaiming, “It’s an extraordinary thing.” Additionally, he expressed confidence in Libya’s efforts to make a transition to democracy.
He admitted that “an enormous price has been paid,” but he said, “I think that there is no question that they can follow it through.” AFP has more:
“This is my first visit to inspirational Libya. I am inspired by the Arab Spring and am here to be able to get a sense of what humanitarian aid can be delivered” to the people, Penn told AFP after landing at Benghazi airport.
“It is amazing what is happening in this part of the world, be it Tunisia, Egypt or Libya. These are my initial moments. I am here to take it in,” the actor said, flashing a V for victory sign to a small crowd at the airport.
What Middle Eastern nation will be head to next? Only time will tell.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.