Clooney arrested during protest outside Sudanese Embassy
Actor and activist George Clooney, who just returned from a trip to Sudan, is taken away during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy i Washington on Friday,
March 16th, 2012
10:51 AM ET

Clooney arrested during protest outside Sudanese Embassy

Actor George Clooney was detained Friday morning during a protest in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.

On Wednesday, Clooney testified before Congress about "a campaign of murder" under way in Sudan, where villagers run for the hills to hide from bombings on a daily basis.

"What you see is a constant drip of fear," Clooney said, a day after returning from a trip in which he and a small team of fellow activists managed to enter one of the most devastated areas, the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan.

"We found children filled with shrapnel, including a 9-year-old boy who had both of his hands blown off," Clooney told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Clooney said the attacks are being orchestrated by Sudan's government, led by President Omar al-Bashir, government official Ahmad Harun and Defense Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein - the same three men, he said, who previously orchestrated long-documented attacks in Darfur.

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  1. Sam

    Toooo mediatized...the agent who Has stuck berlusconi has a new Game to play

    March 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Trust

    Omer Basheer the Sudanese president is a criminal and there is an arrest warrant under his name. George Clooney you are a true hero to express yourself against such criminals. The Sudanese president should stop the killing and surrender himself so justice can be served. Go Clooney.

    March 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ~Omar al-Bashir

    ooooh I' m so frightened, George Clooney is saying bad things about me. Guess I better surrender myself so that justice can be served...
    Hah Bwahaaah Haaa Come and GET me S U C K E R S

    March 17, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gmr

    What bugs me most, is that with all the problems in the good old USA, the only popular personality that does anything worthwhile home is Brad Pitt (that I know of) doing good in New Orleans.
    Why can't they spend their good fortunes where they make it....in US theaters.....and spend all their efforts helping our Veterans, Abused Single women with children and all the other genuinely down and out citizens......not the freeloaders using welfare.

    March 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jane

    Ok, so what I think is this; the Peace Corps and other groups have been over there for years trying to assist the continuous issues in that country. You have dr's, nurses, teachers, activists, journalists, etc etc who DO NOT STAR in hollywood movies who probably in fact definitely know more about the situation and have risked their lives to a greater degree who will never get that type of camera spotlight fame or get soap box with the senate. SO, I could really care less what George Clooney does off camera. A. he can afford a big shot lawyer and B. he has the luxury of using the media to guarantee his safe passage.

    March 17, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ALAN

    So in a nutshel great behaviour .... it seem to be all about wars and die..... it s time to stop ....

    March 17, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Susan

    at what point can we start worrying about our own lives instead of this never ending parade of white guilt/misery du jour? when i'm worried about putting food on my own table in these hard economic times, the bloody sudan can cease to exist for all i care.

    March 17, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. no name

    I admire people who stand up for a cause they strongly believe in, but what about our own country hmmmm??? I don't see too many Hollywood/media types standing up for the poor down trodden, abused, homeless, uneducated, sick here in America??

    March 18, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
    • ?.

      oil money doesn't care about the poor down trodden, abused, homeless, uneducated, sick here in America, they care about securing oil fields and selling weapons mostly. this isn't the world we were lead to believe it is. this is a world of incredibly corrupt males that hate women and children mostly. and other men if they are different than themselves. thugs mostly.

      March 18, 2012 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Who hired George for this?

    Who hired George for this? oil banksters?

    March 18, 2012 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. cnn

    Thank yon J.

    March 18, 2012 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. Taxi Service

    White House or that if the government thinks you are too much of a threat that they can just assassinate you?
    Sacramento Taxi

    March 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SheilaEileen

    Why is this story so short? It's a lost opportunity not including more information about the issues in Sudan...some people will only read about these things if a celebrity is involved, unfortunately.

    April 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. original hot sauce

    I hardly drop remarks, however I looked at through a few responses on this page %NAME%. I actually do have some questions for you if you do not mind. Is it simply me or does it give the impression like a few of the responses appear as if they are coming from brain dead individuals? :-P And, if you are posting at additional sites, I'd like to follow you. Could you make a list of the complete urls of all your shared sites like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

    April 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
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