George Clooney has been arrested while protesting outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington.
The actor and activist was campaigning about human rights abuses by the Sudanese government. He had announced his protest in advance, and intended to be arrested, reports The Guardian.
Joined by his father, journalist Nick Clooney, US Representative Jim Moran of Virginia and NAACP president Ben Jealous, Clooney blocked the entrance to the Sudanese embassy. Clooney and the others were given three orders to disperse by the police and refused to do so.
With his hands cuffed behind his back in white zip-ties, Clooney addressed the plight of “innocent children” in Sudan, telling the media scrum: “Stop raping them and stop starving them, that’s all that we ask.” As he was led into a police van an onlooker shouted, “Thank you, George!”
On returning from a tour of Sudan two days ago, Clooney arrived in Washington and testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the subject of violence in the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan, a state near its border with South Sudan.
He has long campaigned on behalf of the Sudanese, calling on the US to pressure the Chinese government to open the southern region of the country to relief efforts. This week he met President Barack Obama to explain his stance, and appeared on NBC’s Today show.