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. joeyreyes

    Thank-you George i really have respect for you!! standing up to those boso's we all need to do the same what a leader you are!!

    March 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Michael Kahny

    Is this is a humanitarian crises? Yes! Is this a U.S. government problem? No!

    George is trying to do something about a humanitarian crises so large in scope that most of us can't even fathom the kind of much pain and suffering these people are enduring.

    We need awareness of the problem … George is doing that. And then we need direct steps to lead to a solution … I don't know what those might be. Maybe an organization like CNN could devote some effort and time to help bring awareness of what those steps might entail.

    The last place to look for help in a situation like this, is the government of the United States. They will spend forever debating it, then eventually watering it down and spitting out thousands of pages of incomprehensible jibber jabber. After which lots of guys and girls in suits will stand before microphones and say the obvious: "Something needs to be done."

    GIVE US MORE INFO, CNN. What do the experts on this crises think we as a God fearing, morally upstanding society, need to do to help? … And don't say, "write your congressmen."

    March 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Branita

      This is an international concern-every country that opposes Radical Islamic takeover, should be concerned and stand up for people who are defensless. Do you really think that Radical Islamists don't want to take over America? They think that we are the infedel like they think of Israel. There is more going on than N. Sudan wanting take over. They are killing Christians. And, YES, I am! and if you are, then that means you are a target too. Last time I checked, this is free country, where I am free to worship as I believe. While that is rapidly changing in America, God help us, S. Sudan is not free-innocent people are dying, Christian or not. We must help them!!!

      March 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. arabspring

    Yes ,why can't he do the same to support Syrian victims!!!!

    March 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • BosMonkey

      @arabspring – maybe because that part of the world is in full view of everyone – constantly in the new – and these areas are not a thought in anyone's minds? I applaud him for doing something, anything, while the rest of us just sit back.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike harding

    Why dont you, Arabspring, concentrate on Syria and put your ass on the line. Clooney is doing his part.

    March 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ArizonaYankee

    Throw him in the can. What Hollywood intellectual midgets have to say about our politics in any form is irrelevant. They are dumber than most of us.

    March 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • BosMonkey

      @Arizona And what the hell are you doign about...anything? At least he's doing something to help teh less fortunate. Your generalization of Hollywood intelligence is compltely off-base, but you don't need to be a genius to understand human suffering moron.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Spaceman

    Where is your kickboxing wife when you need her !

    March 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • â™”Mmmmm♕


      March 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. elfmeister

    I'll bet that was one fine lookin' mug shot. You go, George!
    Cheers from Montana.

    March 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike harding

    A great actor with a conviction and putting himself on the line to help human suffering. And of course some half-brains will cackle.......

    March 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. space alien

    Clooney is WAY too liberal for my taste. BUT, his take on the Sudan is pretty squared away. If enough attention is brought to bear hundreds of thousands of lives can be saved. Just because I don't generally like his politics doesn't mean I don't think saving innocent lives isn't a good thing.

    March 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Danny Sausagee

    Hey George how about you go whine to the UN instead of Senate Foreign Relations Committee. United Nations is the most useless organization the modern world has ever seen.

    March 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snazzy

      Funny. What you call "whine", most call standing up for what you believe in.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • BosMonkey

      @Danny – Just another poster who can't do anything but throw stones and take credit away from people where credit is do instead of putting forth some effort like he is. I applaud Clooney.

      @Snazzy – exactly.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ♔Mmmmm♕

    way to go...cloooney babey...!

    March 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lgough

    To Danny Sausage:...whine??? really?? someone need to get Danny a heart for Christmas next year!!

    March 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mas74

    To those of you who are bashing GC-have YOU been to this country to see the devastation first hand? If not, then shut up-your ignorance is disgusting. Unless the government of this country changes no amount of aid money will make a difference. Aid organizations have been kicked out of Sudan by the corrupt government. They do not want outsiders to witness what they are doing to their own people or allow anyone to help. I applaud his effort to open up the eyes of the world to what is going on. Based upon the comments here, people are too self-centered to care.

    March 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • lg71

      Keep up the protest it is the only way to stop this genoside..

      March 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loren

      Mas75 – what you said may all be true – however, Mr. Clooney broke the law – he was arrested, and now – like any other citizen he needs to answer for that. Protests are protected – but only so far. And, here's what's a bit disturbing for me – our country is broken, fighting, divided, on the brink of complete disaster itself – people are committing suicide daily because they have lost jobs, homes, etc. More are unemployed today than any other time since the depression – we are in a state of national crisis – and Mr. Clooney, with good intent spends his time and money to protest in DC about something that will do nothing to help the people of this country – and now, he has done nothing really to help the people of Sudan.

      March 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snazzy

      Loren.....people are trying to address the many woes our country is going thru, but they keep getting called lazy, pot smokers and are then hauled off to jail as well.

      March 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • rj

      I agree with your premise. Unfortunately Africa is doomed, you said it yourself "no amount of aid money will make a difference". The South Sudanese aren't even helping these people. Until Africa as a whole decides to meet the rest of the world in this century then nothing will change. Most African cultures are rife with tribal hatred, blaming the past for their current state, and unwillingness to adapt. All our food and money aid does is further tighten grip of these countries' tyrannical leaders. And yes I've been to Africa and traveled throughout.

      March 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rocka

      First of all, just because we have problems in our own country doesnt mean we cant help others. I mean seriously, we all have problems and our own concerns day to day, but you cant stop for a hot second and lend a hand to aid another? Pathetic.

      March 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. C. Morano

    The U.N. actually empowers despots and dictators! Where was the U.N. when Hitler needed them? The U.N. would have let Adolf stay in power as long as they could conduct occasional concentration camp inspections to make sure the victims had soap and running water.

    March 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • UN was founded in 19**

      The UN was formed in 1945, after WWII. Therefore they could not have stopped Hitler. The agency you should place the blame on is the League of Nations, which was formed after WWI and lasted a little after WWII.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Snazzy

    "'Those who stand for nothing will fall for anything." ~Alex Hamilton

    March 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
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