George Clooney engaged in some good old fashioned civil disobedience in the nation’s capital today and was promptly arrested. He was protesting along with several congressmen outside the Sudanese embassy when police cuffed him.
Also arrested were Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Rep. Tom Andrews (D-Mass.), the actor’s father Nick Clooney, NAACP President Ben Jealous and Martin Luther King III, according to NBC.
Clooney has long been an advocate for refugees in the war-torn African country. He’s been in Washington to publicize the plight of civilians, who are routinely victimized and murdered by warring factions.
“They were protesting the violence committed by the government of Sudan on its own innocent men, women and children,” Clooney’s publicist said in a statement released to the media.
The protesters “were demanding they allow humanitarian aid into the country before it becomes the largest humanitarian crisis in the world,” the actor’s publicist said.
Clooney was reportedly handcuffed and taken to a police car. “Stop raping them and stop starving them. That’s all that we ask,” he yelled to the media as he was being placed under arrest.
Clooney met President Obama on Wednesday (Mar. 14) to express his concerns for the people of Sudan. President Obama promised to press Chinese president Hu Jintao on the issue at an upcoming bilateral meeting, the actor said.
Clooney also appeared on NBC’s Today show earlier this week.
The country is currently blocking supplies and humanitarian aide at its border.