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. MitchySlicks

    You go George!

    March 16, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. jon

    Is there ANY WAY we can get rid of all these horrible dictators around the World? How about just a bullet to each of their heads – sounds like a cheap way to go to me. If they are replaced by another one – another bullet.
    Maybe they will get the idea.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • AR

      @ jon Then they will be replaced by ever more clever dictators, establish secret services, and control world police through an unelected Centralized Intelligence Bureau. Sound familiar? Bradley Manning is being held in solitary without being charged. We have torture camps in the middle east and cuba. The federal government has the authority to arrest any citizen for any or no reason at all. If you want government corruption overreach and abuse, look right in your own backyard: this is why the world is full of dictators; because even a so-called free country like the US is addicted to leviathan-government.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Doris

      You sound like a dictator!

      March 16, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Raul

      You are so right. We need to take Clooney down!

      March 16, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • 1ofTheFallen

      NO – because the societies and coutries need to accept different principles as a whole society. Nothing will change in these countries as long as many of the citizens in these countries believe that might makes right instead of common rule through popular demand. The meanest and badest thug will always take power until most of the citizens in these countries are willing to stand up and overthrow their dictators.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. AR

    man, gotta respect his persistence. most of us just kinda forgot about the Sudan when the national news media stopped reporting on it.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Roger S.

    Why was he arrested again? For having an opinion?

    March 16, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • RobbD

      That was my first thought as well.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cool

    His stock went up in my book.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Cruzie

    Way to go, George! You have my 100% support!

    March 16, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Brian

    Arrested for exercising his right of freedom of speech. Ok. Isn't this the USA???????

    March 16, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Justin

      Is this the USA? No. Where have you been the past 12 years?

      March 16, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ceri

    George Clooney just went up in my estimation of him. Well done for standing up for what you believe.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jannynet

    Thanks George. I'm sorry there is something so miserable in this world that you feel you have to get arrested. But, stand up for your beliefs. Your high profile will bring this autrocity to the public eye.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. WRG001

    How long before the rest of the Ocean's 11 crew breaks George out of jail?

    March 16, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Walker

    George c.......you're such a baller

    March 16, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • MitchySlicks

      such a baller

      March 16, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. NYC

    Being arrested for protesting?! I HIGHLY doubt he was being disrupted in ANY manner. Just another example of our freedoms as Americans disappearing before our eyes.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Danna

      right there in Sudan, huh?

      March 16, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • NYC

      @Danna... Please read the article, he is in the US. Its the first sentence. "in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington."

      March 16, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. SeanMan

    Good for you George...awesome to see a few wealthy people using their money and power for something good...very rare in this country!! I have a whole new respect for you sir :)

    March 16, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. RobbD

    Mr. Clooney Thank you for trying to make the world better.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Bails

    Gotta love George Clooney!! And he's sssssoooooo dreamy!!!

    March 16, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Osama

      This man just keeps getting better looking! I wish I age like that!

      March 16, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
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