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. Dave

    He is a bit of brat. Let's be honest. Celebrity supports of political causes is always a bit iffy. They claim all kinds of things that aren't feasible and then act like two year olds. It's not hard to not get arrested at a protest, so obviously he was just having a bit of fun wasting law enforcement time and getting a sweet photo op.

    March 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Willis

    Yeah, yet ANOTHER celebrity walking into a war zone to document crimes against humanity. What a sell out. /sarcasm

    March 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Shhh

    Your a monster

    March 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ABDELKADER EL HAMDAOUI

    Horses for courses and George has suitably got his teeth firmly into this uphill challenge he is not likely to let go, and quite admirably so. There's nothing harder than the softness of indifference and famous people and those in high places could make a big difference by alleviating the plight of people dying under extreme poverty in countries terrorized by their tyrannical regimes. Perseverance works!

    March 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. George

    You should get help.. seriously!!

    March 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. N McCord

    ...Reading the comments to this story was almost more telling than the actual article. He's NOT halfway around the world, he's in Washington. OUR Washington. And Sudan has been a hot spot since it's founding, but the grossly uneducated posters on this particular site, happen to do it a further disservice by minimizing a decades long because of the recent internet uproar over J. Kony. And the rest of those armchair pundits who found it within themselves to critique and individual with means of his desire to actual make a difference among you bitter wastes of space? He's just a "celebrity." Classy.

    March 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Dk

    I'll make you lose yours. Let's see if you'd care then.

    March 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. ♔Mmmmm♕

    just a mite bit off topic...never seen a rich guy get outtah jail so fast...what was the total detention time...was it a legitimate arrest...did they do the drop pants spread cheeks cavity search...when's the court date...what was the charges...did he scratch free darfur on the wall or george clooney was here...is it the same water that flush the toilet used for drinking water...what was the jailhouse menu that day...did they post bail...how much...or were they released on their on reconizances ...were they finger-printed...where's the nick nolte hair standin hollywoodmugshots
    ...however clooney's dad looked like he got the jailhouse hair stylist...and lastly am i the only one that these celebrity and political civil disobedient crimminals appeared to get special treatment???

    March 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Sofa King

    George Clooney is alive? So, I guess that wasn't his head and hands found in grocery bags behind Brad Pitt's place. The mystery deepens..

    March 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. David J Webb

    Well, I am from Kentucky too. It is apparent that he is crazy. He will definitely not be winning an academy award.

    March 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. DONNA

    I'm with you, Dawne. George is sincere and truly cares. I watched the video of him in Sudan and it was horrifying to see the people living in caves because their villages are being bombed. The injuries and deaths are mounting. He wants the world to care about what happens there. To avoid another Darfur.

    March 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. 30to30

    Good on him. The world is full of fake celebrity "compassion" that normally stops at the Twitter feed and donating clothes to the Beverly Hills goodwill. This guy is out there getting booked for what he believes in.

    If it turns out this was publicity stunt to call attention to George rather than the situation in Sudan, then I'll change my tune. For now, he deserves respect.

    March 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Brettski

    What amazes me is that people will yell at Clooney for using his celebrity status to further his cause, yet they have no problem with corporations using their money to influence the peoples government and their lives.

    March 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Whitney

    All u couch critics can keep pissing into the wind, it takes bravery and compassion to put yourself, and in Cloony's case-his name on the line.

    March 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Marie Antoinette

    The French had a great idea for a revolution, Storm the Palace and get out the Guillotine!!

    March 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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