George Clooney arrested at Sudan protest


George Clooney taken away in handcuffs after being arrested at Sudan protest in Washington

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16:18 GMT, 16 March 2012

George Clooney was today taken away in handcuffs after being arrested at a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.

The 50-year-old actor, his father Nick and a number of other protesters had been given three verbal warnings by police not to cross a police line outside the embassy before being taken into custody.

With his hands cuffed behind his back in white zip-ties, Clooney addressed the plight of 'innocent children' in Sudan.

'Stop raping them and stop starving them,' he said. 'That's all that we ask.'

Actor George Clooney is arrested for civil disobedience after protesting at the Sudan Embassy in Washington

George Clooney is led away in handcuffs by two officers after being arrested for civil disobedience after protesting at the Sudan Embassy in Washington

An officer puts cuffs on the 50-year-old actor who was arrested after ignoring three warnings not to cross a police line outside the embassy

Actor George Clooney is arrested

The 50-year-old actor had ignored three warnings from officers not to cross a police line at the embassy

A police officer handles Clooney as he taken away from protest over the escalating humanitarian crisis in Sudan

A police officer handles Clooney as he taken away from protest over the escalating humanitarian crisis in Sudan

The protestors 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.

As the Hollywood star was led into a police van a supporter shouted, 'Thank you, George!'

Shortly before his arrest, the academy award winning actor said: 'We are here really to ask two very simple questions,' according a report on CNN.

'The first question is something immediate – and immediately we need humanitarian aid to be allowed into the Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.'

George Clooney is led away in handcuffs after being arrested for civil disobedience after protesting at the Sudan Embassy in Washington

Clooney and his father Nick were protesting against the country's humanitarian crisis and food and aid being blocked from entering the Nuba Mountains

George Clooney watches as his father Nick (2nd R) is also are arrested after protesting at the Sudan Embassy

George Clooney watches as his father Nick (2nd R) is also are arrested after protesting at the Sudan Embassy

Clooney appears to be in high spirits as he is placed into a U.S. Secret Service van after his arrest

Clooney appears to be in high spirits as he is placed into a U.S. Secret Service van after his arrest

A supporter shouted out 'thank you, George' as Clooney, center, followed by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va, lower left, was placed into a police vehicle

A supporter shouted out 'thank you, George' as Clooney, center, followed by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va, lower left, was placed into a police vehicle

Clooney added that the second thing
he was there for, 'is for the government in Khartoum to stop randomly
killing its own innocent men, women and children. Stop raping them and
stop starving them.'

Others protestors, including Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia and NAACP President Ben Jealous, were also arrested.

The group had held a sign that read: ‘Sudan: Stop Weapons of Mass Starvation’ as they walked to the site.

The group, led by Clooney, had held a sign that read: Sudan: Stop Weapons of Mass Starvation as they walked to the site before their arrest

The group, led by Clooney, had held a sign that read: Sudan: Stop Weapons of Mass Starvation as they walked to the site before their arrest

Before his arrest Clooney spoke outside the Sudan Embassy as his journalist father Nick, right, looks on

Before his arrest Clooney spoke outside the Sudan Embassy as his journalist father Nick, right, looks on

Arrest: George Clooney had been at the White House yesterday to talk to President Obama about Sudan

Arrest: George Clooney had been at the White House yesterday to talk to President Obama about Sudan

They were all handcuffed and placed into a U.S. Secret Service van.

Clooney is in Washington after returning from a tour of Sudan on Tuesday.

On Wednesday he testified in front of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee on the subject of violence in the region.

He also Clooney met President Barack Obama at the White House to express his concerns
for the people of Sudan.

Clooney has visited the region recently, here he is pictured with someone that was injured in a rocket attack in the Nuba Mountains

Clooney has visited the region recently, here he is pictured with someone that was injured in a rocket attack in the Nuba Mountains

Clooney travelled across the Sudanese border into the rebel-held territory in Sudan's Nuba Mountains with the Enough Project and he wrote and directed a video-diary which was posted on YouTube.

Clooney travelled across the Sudanese border into the rebel-held territory in Sudan's Nuba Mountains with the Enough Project and he wrote and directed a video-diary which was posted on YouTube.

The video, written and directed by the actor, ends with Clooney standing over a dead body

The video, written and directed by the actor, ends with Clooney standing over a dead body

Clooney called on US officials to out pressure on the Chinese government to
force the government of Sudan to open the southern region of the
country to relief efforts ahead of the rainy season, during which large numbers
of the region's inhabitants could face starvation.

According to Clooney, President Obama promised
to press Chinese president Hu Jintao on the issue at an upcoming
meeting.

After the meeting the actor said that
he hoped to draw more attention to the issue and is impressed with
President 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.’

Inspired by his broadcaster father Clooney has spent years
supporting humanitarian causes and political campaigns including fighting for
justice in Sudan, defending gay rights and backing Obama’s 2008 presidential
campaign.

The prominent liberal came out against the Iraq war in 2003
and has even had to rule himself out of running for president arguing he had
taken too many drugs and slept with too many women to run for the White Housr.

The Hollywood actor’s main focus, however, has been
campaigning to intervene in the civil war in the Sudan.

The conflict began in 2003 when two rebel groups in Darfur
took up arms against the Sudanese government.

Clooney works with the Save Darfur advocacy group, who fight
for international intervention in the Darfur genocide and in 2006, after a
5-day visit to Darfur, Clooney spoke out against the atrocities – urging
greater US and NATO involvement.

Later that year he testified before the UN Security
Council, urging that UN peacekeepers enter Darfur.

Watch a video of the arrest: