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. David

    I am deeply saddened at the negativity of those who some how believe in America's exceptionalism and then complain about our attempt at those suffering elsewhere.

    I am saddened by those who claim that their religion could never be to blame for yet another genocide.

    I am saddened when a man like Clooney, who has campaigned against the Sudanese government for years, is ridiculed for his humanist morality.

    I am saddened when those who cannot.see past.their own nose.

    "Never again" was the cry after the Holocaust, yet the US is allowing genocide to occur because has no political or economic importance to us.

    You should be ashamed.

    March 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      The spectre of Apartheid, genocide, oppression, tyranny has been hovering across the Globe. Kashmir, Palestine, Egypt, Syria & other places. There people like George Clooney who feel passionately about a cause they believe and express that passion in actions.
      There are & have been courageous Americans who stand up & even give their life standing up for the people of Palestine.
      That is the American spirit.

      March 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TheThinker1958

    so now the police protects property of mass murderers. nice... very classy. why didn't the police side with Clooney?

    March 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Branita

      TOTALLY AGREE!!! Why didn't they just look the other way-why isn't the media giving this more coverage?

      March 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aya

      I think the police who arrested them are from the Sudan embassy, not American polce from DC.

      March 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ForOurCountry

    We have our own problems here in the U.S.
    Lets address all of our needs first & forget about all the countries that really dont care for
    Our well being.

    March 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrsjs15

      @ForOurCountry – How could you SAY that!? You mean you want to fix the problems HERE first?!? How Un-Altruistic of you! You're so SELFISH to be thinking of THIS COUNTRY, where NO ONE goes to bed hungry! NO ONE is fighting disease! NO ONE worries about healthcare costs or lack of education or abuse!! This is the land of RAINBOWS and BUTTERLY FARTS!! We have NO PROBLEMS! Shame, shame on you for thinking that!!! 😉

      March 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Patriot321

    I am always amazed at how celebrities are given time to testify in Congress, express their political views in national broadcast forums, or ortherwise use their 'status' to influence the masses. They are special because they made some hit movies? They have lots of money and free time? (Don't get me wrong- I wish I had some extra cash too...) What gives them the political, moral, or scientific insight into what is wrong and how to change things. Sports figures are just as bad, in my humble opinion. I understand that there are problems/issues around the world (and especially here in the US) that need to be addressed. I have seen that first hand through military deployments, peacekeeping efforts, and through the lens of my civilian job. I know first hand that places in the world (Africa included) are riddled with strife, misery, corruption, etc. Some would say the US is there too (but we still have 'escapes' like cable TV, fast food, etc). If we (all Americans- however you want to define the Citizens/immigrants of the US) could first work on stopping our own slide into the financial, political, and moral 'abyss', then maybe we could really turn our efforts into helping others in the world to better their (and ultimately 'our') lives. I guess I am ranting a little here...sorry. What was my point? Oh yeah, has anyone seen that new 'Mission Impossible' film?

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

      i think we can agree he could be using his fame in much worse ways. put in the their shoes, on the clooney to kardashian spectrum its pretty clear where i hope i would fall.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snazzy

      I take it you didn't hear about the woman that Rush called a slot?!?!?!

      March 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • impartial_observer

      While my first gut reaction would be to agree with you that there is a class of people that seem to be "activists" because it's easy for them (they have nothing to lose), at the same time there is some logic to this: In a media-fed world where the most pervasive common-denominator in our society is something as banal and vapid as reality TV, media-exposure offers a unique "bully pulpit" for anyone with a message who has "access". Clooney has LOTS of access, so he chooses to cash-in on that status by using to promote a cause or causes that he feels strongly about. It's his right. It does not make the Sudan cause any more pressing than the one in Syria, for example, but hey he's free to cash -in his chips as he sees it. Can't take that away from him. I personally loath activists and activism because I see it as people using other's misfortunes to make themeselvves feel better (I don't believe in charities for the same reason).
      So in sumamry: The man is smart in using his celebrity to be heard, regardless of the message. That said, nobody is listening because they are too busy watching a George Clooney movie.

      March 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Me

    So, why is he in front of Congress? Does he want the U.S. involved in yet another war? We have being killed in New Haven and Hartford (CT) everyday. I don't see him protesting here. I agree what's happening there is wrong, but we can't take care of everyone.

    March 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Branita

      Without being condescending, have you had the opportunity to go to other countries? Southern Sudanese have little to nothing; defensless. Do you have a government here in America that prevents food being brought through our borders? While I'm not happy with all of what America does, we still are a BLESSED Country! Let's all open our eyes a little more.

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

    It was not just Clooney. Alps arrested were two current and one former US Representatives and Nick Clooney.

    March 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. krag

    First he was in Washington. no where does it say hes advocating an attack or war. His plea is to Sudan to stop what they are doing. There are other means to get a country to stop the wrongs that they are doing. Like the OC people George is also showing us what rights we as a free nation have lost. Every time you people say those protesters got what they deserve you deminish our freedoms. Saying protesters got what they deserve is the most un American thing that you can do. Wake up !

    March 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. James

    I think it is good these people are protesting for a cause but I really wish some of these actors and actresses would spend their time and money helping out here in America.

    March 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rachel

    I never thought much of Clooney, but this makes me respect him.

    March 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Michiel

    If you ask me this is a psy-op operation. Maybe Clooney is not an activist, but actually working for the goverment. This arrest might give him more credibility. Sudan is on the list of 7 countries that the United States wanted to take out in about 5 years. Four star general Wesley Clark summarizes the list. Several videos can be found where Wesley Clark speaks about it. Just search for him on youtube. It's the same with the whole Koney 2012 thing that is going viral. The US wants the oil reserves of Uganda that were found 5 years ago.

    March 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @michiel: of course he's a government operative.. he stares at goats..

      March 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Name*Independant

    Why he should get arrested for defending good causes. This a good a example that proofs US is the problem of other country like: Haiti, Sudan and elsewhere in the world.

    March 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Name*ann

    At one time or another, we as human beings will take a stand for something. Whether you are rich, poor, known or standing in the crowd. Be passionate about saving a life and not taking one. Have the courage to shout out at ignorance. Have the knowledge that what you do in this life can have an impact. If you choose to take a stand of nothing that's fine. Your life will go on as usual. Others wont...period.

    March 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mingo

    CNN reported today as Clooney was handcuff. The person that was escorted out was the President of the NAACP Benjamin Todd Jealous. CNN reporter id him as a man in a black t-shirt. Shame on Carol Costello.

    March 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Mingo, the person in the photo above is CLEARLY George Clooney.

      March 16, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. I can't believe is not butter

    Clooney?...stick to movies look pathetic.....

    March 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hauer

    WHY was he arrested?
    What is he charged with?
    How can (only) protesting in front of an embassy get you arrested in a democratic state? At least it does not here in Austria, even if the protest has not been formally approved!
    Missing those facts.

    March 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Local news (WTOP) is giving better coverage.
      "Clooney, his father, Nick Clooney, and others were arrested after being warned three times not to cross a police line outside the embassy."

      March 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
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