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George Clooney arrested outside Sudanese embassy in Washington, DC

Actor George Clooney is arrested during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Sudan March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. United to End Genocide, the Enough Campaign and Amnesty International held a rally to call on the United States and world leaders to stop the violence in South Sudan and prevent hundreds of thousands of people from starving. Win McNamee/Getty Images

George Clooney arrested outside Sudanese embassy in Washington, DC
Actor George Clooney is arrested during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Sudan March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC.
Win McNamee/Getty Images
(CBS/AP) WASHINGTON - Actor George Clooney and his father were arrested today at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.

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According to the Washington Post,  Clooney and several of his activist colleagues were taken away in handcuffs outside the Sudanese embassy on Massachusetts Avenue Friday morning after three verbal warnings.

The protesters accuse Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, of provoking a humanitarian crisis and blocking food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountains in the county's border region with South Sudan.

Clooney said Friday that he hopes to draw more attention to the issue and is impressed with President Barack Obama's personal engagement on it. The actor also said that if action is not taken in the next three to four months "we're going to have a real humanitarian disaster."

Clooney was joined by his father, Nick Clooney, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia, among others, as he walked to the protest site. The group held a sign that read: "Sudan: Stop Weapons of Mass Starvation."

  • Crimesider Staff

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