Actor George Clooney has been arrested while protesting outside the Sudanese Embassy in the United States, MSNBC reports.
The protesters and Clooney accuse 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.
Clooney said Friday 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 was joined by his father, Nick, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia, among others, as he walked to the protest site. The group held a sign that read: “Sudan: Stop Weapons of Mass Starvation.”
Police arrested some protesters, including actors George Clooney, during a protest outside the Embassy of Sudan on Friday morning.
Clooney was seen in cuffs with his hands behind his back, being led away from the embassy at about 10:45 a.m. He was put into the back of a police car.
Others joining in the protest were Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Rep Jim McGovern (D-MA), and former Rep. Tom Andrews (D-MA).
Clooney, his father, Nick and others, including Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia and NAACP President Ben Jealous, were arrested after being warned three times not to cross a police line outside the embassy. They were handcuffed and placed into a U.S. Secret Service van.
“I’m just trying to raise attention, because attention is the only way these things ever happen,” Clooney said at the protest, according to NBC.
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