Friday, March 16, 2012

George Clooney Arrested At Sudan Protest

Police have arrested George Clooney during a protest outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington DC.

The actor, who is president of United to End Genocide, was arrested and handcuffed along with several Democrat politicians and other human rights and faith leaders for civil disobedience.

The campaigners were protesting the humanitarian emergency that is reportedly threatening the lives of 500,000 people.

After speaking on the steps of the embassy to hundreds of activists, members of Congress and activist leaders were asked by police to leave the scene. When they refused, police arrested them.

Clooney, his father, Nick and others, including Democratic politican Jim Moran of Virginia and civil rights leader Ben Jealous, were arrested after being warned three times not to cross a police line outside the embassy.

Their hands were tied with plastic cables and they were put into a US Secret Service van.

"He feels good about the arrest. It was expected," said Sky News US correspondent Greg Milam. "It was what they would have wanted to happen."

"He clearly feels this is the way to get the message out there."

"He may think Sudan doesn't get enough attention and, being George Clooney, he knows how to get it." Read More