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Yesterday he was sitting next to Michelle Obama, and today he was taken away in handcuffs! George Clooney was arrested in Washington, D.C. along with his father -- journalist Nick Clooney -- and several other civil rights activists after they were protesting outside the Sudanese embassy.
The embassy is private property, so Clooney knew he would eventually face the police if he refused to leave the premises. However, the 50-year-old actor seemed ready to take the fall in order to raise awareness for Sudan's blockage of food and aid from entering the country's Nuba Mountains and protest the government's treatment of the Sudanese people.
Also arrested with the Clooney men were Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Representative Jim McGovern (a democrat from Massachusetts), former Representative Tom Andrews (also a democrat from Massachusetts) and Representative Jim Moran (a democrat from Virginia). The group was taken away in a Secret Service van.
"We need immediate humanitarian aid into Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world," Clooney told the crowd before he was restrained. "The [Sudanese] government in Khartoum to stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children. Stop raping them, and stop starving them."
Clooney was in town in order to petition the U.S. government for support. Though he joined the Obamas for yesterday's State Dinner to honor British Prime Minister David Cameron, he had spent the morning testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the terrible things he saw in Sudan. He then met with Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Obama in the Oval Office to discuss the issue.
"People turn on the news and see an awful lot of bad stories," Clooney later told reporters. "[But the United States] is still the most generous country in the world and truly the most compassionate."
Sounds like his activism might actually pay off.