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. squawks

    I sure wish Mr. Clooney would put as much effort in the problems here at home first. But this is better than nothing.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bub

    Uhh, so what was he arrested for, exercising his first amendment rights?

    March 16, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Rich Valentine

      Bub, did you even read the article? This wasn't in the US.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohemgee

      Apparently you did not read the article...good christ

      March 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • thebestkatiejones

      Actually Rich and ohemgee, it says in the article that it WAS in the US. Specifically, in Washington. An Embassy is typically in another country than the one it represents.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • K-Mo

      Actually, it was. It was in front of the Sudanese embassy.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee G

      Sorry, Rich, but you're the one who didn't read the article. He was arrested outside the Sudanese embassy, in Washington DC.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Listen!

    Great Job! GEORGE! Keep up! What your doing!

    March 16, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bub

    I sure wish Mr. Clooney would put as much effort into his recent movies. But his acting is better than most.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. newyorkjack

    Why do we protect corrupt governments and arrest people that protest against corrupt governments?

    March 16, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Michelle

    When the government actually cares. will be a day to remember! We need more people like this !

    March 16, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Andy

    I'm not a fan of Clooney but I can respect his diligence to do something other than look pretty on camera and blow ungodly amounts of money on having fun. Even if its for a cause I personally think is not priority over some others these victims still need some assistance and acknowledgement. That is what Clooney is doing for the Sudanese and getting arrested is only going to help him and his cause to assist these people.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Paul

    We have enough actors in DC
    Why does Hollywood feel the need to impose their political opinions on us (whether I agree or not )

    March 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    Unlike the bloggers here, he is out "doing something" to better the world....If we would all get off of our a....and go out and actually do something about what we believe would make the world a better place, things would start to get better....Way to go George!

    March 16, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sudani Guy

    I am sure George tried so hard so he can be the only one arrested in the protest. Thank you George we know you really care about us and congratulations! Your deminishing public image is better now.

    March 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Sad, cynical nobody doing nothing about anything. You feel better now, Guy?

      March 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      Sudani Guy eh? I'll tell you one thing if the world really knew what the UN soldiers came back from Darfur with and the truth about what GC was protesting here things might be different. I also find it funny that they keep finding monsters among the people that have emigrated here from there.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • MN

      What have you done today?

      March 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. James

    I appreciate his efforts, and for telling the truth about what is going on...But Somehow think that Obama will use this to make him look good...And people realize these are radical muslims that Clooney is talking about...So don't expect the US to go in and stop it...Or help...This is where the government will decrease our Armies and become more efficent...We have never been efficent....The world is getting nuts...wars and rumors of wars, people lovers of themselves....There is a God and judgement will be for everyone...Christians, Muslims, Jews, atheist, and on and on....

    March 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jt_flyer

      How about we just try being good to one another and leave your imaginary friend out of it.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      Whoa JT, being good just for the sake of being good, not because you're afraid you'll in hell? What a radical concept!

      March 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Branita

      Yes,........We need to pray for George, his Father, and the others standing up for the Sudanese! Yes, wars, rumors of wars......America! WE MUST WAKE UP, and STAND UP FOR AMERICA, AND HELP OTHERS WHO CANNOT HELP THEMSELVES!!

      March 16, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • pritka

      George Clooney has appealed to President O'bama in the past in his efforts to help stabilize the Sudan and our president has been instrumental in assisting him. This time George Clooney was to see the president again today to ask for assistance in brokering a deal between South Sudan and Khartoum to release crude oil pumped in South Sudan to the refineries in the North so that China, who gets 6% of their oil from the Sudan can stop shopping for oil elsewhere and shorting the supply to the rest of us. South Sudan has stopped the pumping because the North is using oil profits to buy arms from Russia to use against South Sudan. Also South Sudan does not believe they are being fairly compensated for their oil by the North. George wants the president to send a special envoy to help broker a deal.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • pritka

      Also, if George can pull this off he might help the Sudan to avoid a war over arms and oil.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sal

    I really don't care what goes on in the Sudan! I care more about what is going on in this country! Africa has always been at war and conflict and nothing will ever change that. 

    March 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsC

      Shame on you

      March 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Yeah, why try! It's not like we can do anything about it. I mean, we have problems, too! And ours are the worst. Burger King is cheaper, but Wendy's is so much better! GAH I NEED THE U.N.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      and you have just demonstrated exactly what is wrong with most Americans and why the rest of the world (of which you are only 20%) doesn't like you.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grant

      I completely agree. My message to the bleeding heart liberals, give China a call, their economy is just fine, i'm sure they can't wait to help Africa, Haiti and whatever backwater joke of a country needs help this week. You cannot change peoples beliefs and mindsets. This is what is wrong with all of those places. Stay out and let them figure out for themselves.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • manbeagle

      Well MrsC, Why dont you buy yourself an AK47, book yourself a ticket to Sudan and do something about it then. Or you could sit at home and watch youtube videos about it. Pathetic.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ted Ryder

    Muslims causing more problems. Muslims are the root of evil in the world.

    March 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don Pedro

      Sudanese are Christians. Sudan does not allow Islam to be practiced any where inside the nation.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Don Pedro, the majority of the Sudanese are Muslims. Regardless of the inherent idiocy in blaming Muslims for every problem in the world, this one actually get the group right. Even if his sentiment is, like I said, idiotic.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. PAM

    Someone has to stand up to this! Thanks George!!

    March 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. davey

    I get a laugh from people who spend their lives and get paid millions pretending to be someone else and think that this gives them some sort of platform or credibility for their political views. Then these one percenters get a pass from the left.

    March 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jomama

      @davey–sounds like a bit of jealousy to me man. Why hate on him? What's keeping you from becoming one of the 1%? Put some effort in and you can be successful too. Don't sit and spew jealous assumptions at people just because they have money. At least he's there. Who cares about his motives? Where are you? Whining in front of a computer screen. Yeah, that's helpful. I'm nowhere near wealthy but I don't blame the wealthy for it. Grow up.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DDanny1

      Riiiiight. George Clooney needs to "act" like someone he's not so people will like him.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
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