- Posted March 16, 2012 by
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George Clooney arrested at Sudanese protest
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
Clooney, Co-founder of the Enough Project John Prendergast, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Martin Luther King III, actor and comedian Dick Gregory, U.S. Congressmen Jim Moran and Jim McGovern, and the Advancement of Colored People President Ben Jealous gave brief speeches about the on-going humanitarian crisis taking place in Sudan; they demanded that the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir stop the blockade that is preventing the people in Sudan from getting food and humanitarian aid.
Following the brief speeches, all were arrested for crossing a police line and were transported to the Metropolitan police department second district, according to Secret Service spokesman George Oglivie.
Clooney’s rep released this statement after his arrest: “They were protesting the violence committed by the government of Sudan on its own innocent men, women and children. They were demanding they allow humanitarian aid into the country before it becomes the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.”
Clooney has been in Washington this week, where he met President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the humanitarian crisis in Sudan. He also testified before Congress, calling the acts in Sudan "a campaign of murder."
Video of the arrest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltkxU-UFsRY&feature=youtu.be (Courtesy of Joseph McGuinness)