This Academy Award winner isn’t too Hollywood to let his voice be heard
The Hollywood actor and sometime political activist, George Clooney, was cuffed with zip-ties and taken away in a police van after being arrested during a protest outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington DC.
Clooney, who has long campaigned against the government in Khartoum, had intended to be arrested when he planned the protest, which took place on Friday morning.
oined by his father, journalist Nick Clooney, US Representative Jim Moran of Virginia and NAACP president Ben Jealous, the actor 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.
“I’m just trying to raise attention,” Clooney told reporters as he was led away. With his hands tied behind his back, he addressed the plight of “innocent children” in Sudan. “Stop raping them and stop starving them,” he said. “That’s all that we ask.
As he was led into a police van an onlooker shouted, “Thank you, George!”
“It’s actually a humiliating thing to be arrested no matter what you do, but I’m glad to be standing here with my father,” Clooney added.
For those that may scoff at this as an attempt to gain publicity, rest assured that Clooney mean business when it comes to Sudan.
Clooney has been in the capital since returning from a tour of Sudan two days ago. On Wednesday he testified in front of the Senate foreign relations committee on the subject of violence in the Nuba mountains in South Kordofan, a state in Sudan near its border with newly independent South Sudan. He told the senators: “We found children filled with shrapnel, including a nine-year-old boy who had both of his hands blown off.”
Clooney accused Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, government official Ahmad Harun and defence minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein, of orchestrating systematic killing in the area.
Clooney has called on US officials to pressure the Chinese government to force the government of Sudan to open the southern region of the country to relief efforts. As the rainy season approaches, large numbers of the region’s inhabitants could face starvation.
On Wednesday, Clooney met President Barack Obama to express his concerns for the people of Sudan. Clooney said he left the meeting optimistic that Obama would pressure Chinese president Hu Jintao to seek a resolution to the region’s ongoing conflict at an upcoming meeting.
Ol’ George is definitely ’bout that life!
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