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. ♔Mmmmm♕

    well all jokes aside...he is trully the sudanese peoples' advocate...despite the slight of hand and political posturing i hope they, clooney and his dad, accompanied their efforts with sound prayer.

    March 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. High Hopes

    I didn't know that... but, I do know that in many states, the equivalent of sharia law is in place, making it, nearly, impossible to sue for any wrong doing committed by police or government. If we do something wrong it's criminal, if they do something wrong it's poor judgement, human error.

    Right on, George... Keep on 'em!
    :D

    March 16, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marie Antoinette

    I was not joking, the Sudanese need to rise up and unite themselves!

    March 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kris

    Clooney will make his jail mate really happy!

    March 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ringo

    While I get what Clooney is trying to do,the fact of the matter is the world doesn't care,sad to say.All his pleas are falling on deaf ears;its obvious the United States has no vested interests in the region(none I'm aware of,we get the bulk of our oil elsewhere)so...again,no one cares,George.Until we get the Afghanistan thing wrapped up,Sudan is simply not a priority,if it ever will be.Try the Chinese;I'm sure they might stir themselves to intervene.After all,they've got their fingers in a bunch of African pies,including the Sudan.Face reality,George:to the outside world the only thing Africa is good for is what can be extracted from it,the people be damned.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. guayanillensa

    THANK YOU FOR REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE THAT DO not have vioce or rights !!!!!!!!!!!!! I would of the done the same and for a person of your calibur to look out for other humans after what was seen adn expierenced is awesome thank you sooo much !!!!!!!!!!!!! a grammy - is short for what you deserve for that ! people do not understand the human side of the Stars sometimes... they have feeling too i wish I had the vioce they had and all would stand out for soemthing this world would be amuch better place !!!! thank you once again

    March 17, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. @viobb

    And so ...what ?! Things will EVER be like this.There is no hope.Untill the end..

    March 17, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Hayek

    Good for him... we need more Americans like George Clooney who will go out and sincerely fight for a good cause.

    March 17, 2012 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      I second that! He could have been anywhere else, rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, watching polo or cruising with his girlfriend–but he went to one of the most dangerous places in Sudan and seeing first-hand the terror on the eyes of the children affected by the bombing and murder, literally running for their lives, he places himself in a position that could serve as the voice of those people. I wish more Hollywood figures could be like him.

      March 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. gerard

    poor elitist.. the things they have to do for a photo op so their next multi-million dollar film will get big numbers at the box office..

    March 17, 2012 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Zachary

      You seriously cannot believe what you say. George Clooney does these things constantly, I believe him to be a genuinely good person, AND even if he's not doing it for the right reasons, it's still better than making a fool of yourself at a Yankees game, or going to rehab 20x.

      March 17, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      You need to be better informed before you make remarks; such as you have. Ignorance seems to be the seed for many of our problems in this world and that what the POWERS want you to BE.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • phil strauss

      coward, where were you.

      March 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. michelle

    I'm proud of George. He's trying to exercise his rights as an American and humanitarian. I'm proud of the comments from people taking a stand for what George is doing. I'm pleased to hear the compassion and unity that ends all atrocities is alive and well within us. I had to go to work today, but I'm glad George had the means to go out there and take a stand on behalf of all the people that couldn't. I'm proud of ALL those big-hearted people that were arrested along with George, even though CNN doesn't seem interested enough to report their names.

    We Americans still have a pulse! And in this moment, I'm proud to be one.

    March 17, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • michellw

      lets see any of you so called americans who care go there like he did and risk his life. then go before congress. do that good for you george

      March 17, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. BLUES

    it's like oceans 12 except real

    March 17, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. Justice

    May God blesses him for doing good causes esp. to remove the evil people in power. well done Clooney..

    March 17, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Laone

    Proud of George Clooney...we need more brave men and women like him! Aluta continua Clooney!

    March 17, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. Will

    George Clooney's success makes him able to do things like this, not everyone has the time or money to go to Sudan, and certainly not everyone who goes to Sudan to witness bloodshed will get to talk about it to Congress or make headlines about it.

    Bravo, Mr. Clooney, for attempting to do some good with your success.

    March 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • PamelaJ

      Good for toy, Will. You read my mind.

      March 17, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • PamelaJ

      You

      March 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Terri

    I hold George Clooney in the highest regard, He is rich,famous, good looking. He can go anywhere do anything and have whatever he wants, why was he not on a luxury yatch somewhere with his beautiful girlfriend or chilling out in his house. He chose to go to one of the most dangerous regions in the world, to witness the most deplorable crimes there is. He saw children suffering in ways people cannot even comprehend. I have been where he has been many times. He took a serious risk, why because many fame and fortune are not all that matters, he uses his success and wealth to help people who cannot help themselves who are deprived of a voice. Because of who he is, makes him the most admarable advocate for human rights. he is a real life hero. To stand before the senate and put forward his case for people being massacred on a daily basis.Mr Clooney is not only brave rich and famous he is a genuine, sincere, and nice human being. Good luck George and if I can help please email me. I am in Sierra Leone at present.
    Thanks for what you are doing for all humanity.
    Terri

    March 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warren Currier

      Terri,

      What you are evidently doing with your life places you in a unique position to comment.
      Thank for your thoughtful words on this page.

      March 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
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