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    George Clooney arrested at Sudanese protest

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     kwalther says he walked over to the Sudanese embassy where most of the streets had been blocked off by police tape and Secret Service officials for the anticipated arrival of George Clooney and other notable members of his party. kwalther says Clooney address the crowd for a few minutes talking about the humanitarian crisis in Sudan, and the food blockage the Sudanese president is using on his people. After his speech, kwalther says Clooney stepped onto the Sudanese embassy and then was promptly arrested. "I knew it was going to happen and I don't think the arrest was as big of a deal as people think. We all knew something was going to happen, we were just not exactly sure what it would be," he says. He also noted seeing Clooney's father and some Congressmen in front of the embassy as well.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Actor and activist George Clooney was arrested this morning after speaking outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, DC.

    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)

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