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. Queen

    I commend George for what he is doing, he is standing up for something he believes in and trying to make a difference in the lives of those who can't stand up for themselves. Bravo!! Wish there were more people like him, no matter what cause they choose to stand up for.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dixie Independent voter

    Good on you, Mr. Clooney.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Justin

    Sad to say our government will not intervene, only when their are resources that we want. Our government is soo corupt that its disgusting anymore.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Just because the whole world has problems, it doesn't mean that the USA has to help everyone. Still, most of the world hates the USA for some odd reason. How countries hate the US, then complain and ask for their help shocks me.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • huh?

      I'm ok with that. This is not our problem. If we went in, you would complain that we are getting into others affairs anyway. You lose either way.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. sayer

    Thanks, George. No one would pay attention if you weren't there.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mark

    And what do these 'activists' believe protesting outside the Sudanese embassy might achieve?

    March 16, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Darw1n

      I suspect they were hoping you would read an article on the subject and comment on it.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • robinsondb

      Well he is doing a lot more good than you are or me for that matter..sitting on our comfy tushes blogging away.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Myron

      ...getting people like you and me to read the article and finding out more about what's going on.
      Beats doing nothing.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hopefully more than your comment did.

      March 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    Staged theatrics by an actor attempting to sway public perception and gather support for possible future military intervention.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      aka another thing for you to whine about

      March 16, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Don't think Mr. Collney is GOP, which is usually their M.O.

      March 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Meant Mr. Clooney.

      March 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warren Currier

      Bill, that's an interesting take!! I did not think of it until I read your words. Another hot oil spot Is just too hard to resist!!

      March 17, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. G Morgan

    You go George....people have to stand up, and sometimes be arrested for what they believe in!!!

    March 16, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. darol wagner

    I so agree with Randy-–It is good to see some of these stars caring and helping others like this.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. Vipul

    For people complaining about Mr Clooney's actions: Did you not read the article?? He saw children with both their hands blown off!!!!! You have to be really sick to call this a "pet cause". I suppose you'd just ignore it a go back to your everyday life like nothing happened?
    Congratulations Mr. Clooney for trying to do whats right! God Bless.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. A.A

    George Clooney is a BOSS!

    March 16, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. remember

    why did cloony pick this particular conflict out of many? how is Sudan different from yemen or Sri Lanka or congo?

    March 16, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim Apples

      If it had been any of the others you would be asking the same question. Also, Clooney was a major voice during the Darfur genocide, led by the same supposed perpetrators.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      He has been involved with the conflict in Sudan for years.
      Why not?
      If not him, then who?
      YOU?

      March 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. john101

    I respect George Clooney for standing up for what is right. He must have been deeply touched to stick out his neck like that. It's time the US got involved in something without having oil in mind.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • remember

      neither the repugs nor the demns are on the sudanese govt's side. it takes no couragefor cloony to stand up for southern sudan, which is under the west's influence. chew on that.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I don't suppose that it occured to you, remember, that he may be doing it for truly altruistic reasons, rather than political ones?

      March 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe Bananas

    So what does Clooney want? Do we attach Sudan now? I guess we have to if Clooney and CNN say so...go right ahead guys. That Arab spring Anderson Cooper was advocating worked out so well, didn't it?. You haven't burned through all my tax money yet, There is still a little left...Here's an idea, just GIVE Sudan to the Muslim Brotherhood. They are gonna wind up with it anyway. Also, thanks for focusing on my gas bills and cost of living...NOT.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      He is trying to show awareness for the atrocities being done to a nation of innocents that do not deserve it.
      He is speaking his mind, same as you are, here.
      Sorry if he is focusing on people dying instead of you gas bills, which apparently the only thing ithat is important to you.

      March 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bla

    Hooray, yet another push for intervention in an area of the world we can't do anything for except make angry.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      This is a regime found GUILTY of genocide on its own people. If you don't care, you should. We can and should do more than make them angry. While we don't need to invade we can punish them with sanctions that do matter. The people in the Bashir regime all like to travel and take advantage of bank accounts outside of Sudan. We can shut this down.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Dawg1954

      I'm sure George can afford a small army of mercenaries to intervene.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Squidproquo

    You go, George! Takes youknowwhat to sneak in to Sudan ...

    March 16, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
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