George Clooney has been arrested during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.
The actor and his father, journalist Nick Clooney, were led away in handcuffs along with a number of protesters after blocking the entrance to the Sudanese Embassy. They were given three orders to disperse and refused to comply, resulting in their arrests.
While being escorted to a police van, Clooney highlighted the suffering of “innocent children” in Sudan, telling journalists on the scene: “Stop raping them and stop starving them, that’s all that we ask.”
MSNBC reporter Ann Curry also posted the following quote attributed to Clooney on Twitter: “It’s actually a humiliating thing to be arrested no matter what you do, but I’m glad to be standing here with my father.”
The demonstration taking place in Washington was directed at Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, whom the protesters accuse of provoking a humanitarian crisis and blocking aid.
Clooney returned to Washington from a tour of Sudan two days ago, and the 50-year-old Hollywood star met President Obama yesterday to talk about his views on the deteriorating situation of violence in the African country.
He also gave evidence on Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on violence in the South Kordofan area of the country, close to the border with the newly formed nation of South Sudan.
Sudan has been a keen interest of Clooney’s for years, and the actor has travelled to the region on numerous occasions.