George Clooney has been arrested during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Sudan in Washington, DC. The actor was at a rally organised by the Enough Campaign and Amnesty International to call on the United States and world leaders to stop the violence in South Sudan and prevent hundreds of thousands of people from starving.
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The Oscar winner was led away in handcuffs by the police after reportedly being given three verbal warnings to leave the steps of the embassy and refusing. According to reports he was arrested alongside several other activists and politicians as well as his father, journalist Nick Clooney.
As a U.N. messenger of peace, George Clooney is well known for his commitment to political and humanitarian causes and has often used his fame to publicise issues he feels strongly about. He has been campaigning for a resolution to the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region in Sudan since 2006, when he travelled to the area with his father to make the television documentary A Journey to Darfur. Yesterday he attended the State Dinner hosted by President Obama, who he spoke to about the problems facing the Sudanese people.
Before he was arrested, George told assembled reporters: "We're here to ask two very important questions. We need immedate humanitarian aid into Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world and...the second thing we ask is for the government in Khartoum to stop killing their own citizens...stop raping them and stop killing them."