George Clooney Arrested at Sudan Embassy
Humanitarian George Clooney was arrested Friday outside the Sudan Embassy in Washington D.C. after a planned act of civil disobedience. Clooney and several of his activist colleagues were taken away in handcuffs after three verbal warnings.
Clooney is protesting Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, for causing a humanitarian crisis by blocking food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountains in the country's border region with newly independent South Sudan.
Clooney attended the protest with several other activists, including his father, newsman Nick Clooney, Rep. Jim Moran, Enough Project's John Prendergast and Martin Luther King, III, and said he hopes the move will draw more attention to the issue.
As far as arrests made,TMZ reported, "A dozen people got arrested including congressmen, leaders of the human rights community, Sudanese citizens, and George's father, Nick Clooney."
The group of protesters stood on the embassy's private property and held a sign that read: "Sudan: Stop Weapons of Mass Starvation."
On Wednesday, the actor made an appearance on "Today," and spoke of his trip to Sudan -- describing the tragic killing of civilians from aerial attacks and blamed al-Bashir and other Sudanese government officials, whom he described as war criminals.'
Clooney was a guest at the White House State Dinner on Wednesday evening.
TMZ caught up with George's mother, Nina, who watched her son lead the protest. She said she wasn't worried about his arrest, and added, "I'm extremely proud of him." Watch the video!
George spoke to "Extra" right before his arrest... find out what he had to say!
For more information on George's humanitarian cause, visit enoughproject.org.
UPDATE: Clooney was released from jail Friday afternoon and spoke to reporters about the humanitarian crisis in Sudan. "There really is a ticking clock on this, and we need to get moving."