A lot of actors and actresses find pet causes to champion. Very few, however, reach a level of hardcore activism that gets them arrested. You can now place George Clooney in that latter camp, as the Academy Award winning actor, director and activist was arrested on Friday during a protest outside of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.
Clooney has been a staunch critic of the Sudanese government of late, specifically calling out President Omar al-Bashir, government official Ahmad Harun and Defense Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein, men who Clooney accuses of orchestrating “a campaign of murder” against the people of Sudan.
“What you see is a constant drip of fear,” the actor stated after returning from a trip to the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan area, one of “the most devastated areas” in the region. “We found children filled with shrapnel, including a 9-year-old boy who had both of his hands blown off,” Clooney testified to Congress on Wednesday.
Clooney has yet to release a statement about his detainment by Washington D.C. police. Also arrested was his father, journalist Nick Clooney, 78, as well as Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Rep. Jim McGovern and Rep. Jim Moran and former Rep. Tom Andrews.
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