George Clooney Arrested in Sudanese Protest

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George Clooney was arrested this morning outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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The actor was taking part in an organized demonstration to draw attention to that country's president, Omar al-Bashir, who is responsible for countless deaths in the region due to his blockade of humanitarian aide.

Clooney - who has traveled to the country and said in the past we're going to face a genocide if action isn't taken - testified before Congress on Wednesday regarding the "campaign of murder" in that nation.

"This is for the government in Khartoum to stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children. Stop raping them and stop starving them. That's all we ask," USA Today quotes Clooney as saying after he was handcuffed and taken away today, following repeated warnings to leave the area.

Along with his father; U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (Dem.) of Virginia; NAACP President Ben Jealous and others, Clooney was placed in a Secret Service and has been charged with the misdemeanor of disorderly crossing a police line. Said the star's rep:

"They were protesting the violence committed by the government of Sudan on its own innocent men, women and children. They were demanding they allow humanitarian aid into the country before it becomes the largest humanitarian crisis in the world."

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George Clooney acts so much like he cares so much about the black people of Sudan.What about the black people of Chicago? Or is it all a big show?

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George Clooney acts so much like he cares so much about the black people of Sudan.What about the black people of Chicago? Or is it all a big show

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Right on Nick and George!!
If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.It takes
people of courage to utilize their fame in order to draw attention to a noble cause. Nick and George can very well afford a Nice, cushy life, but instead they are (also) using their celebrity to help others without a voice. When protestors feel that they are supporting a humanitarian effort, they risk getting arrested and end up going right back out into the streets to protest because they have strong feelings in their beliefs. I salute The Clooneys, The Don Cheadle, Susan Sarandon, and other stars including Matt Damon who choose to bring attention to others without a voice. BRAVO!!

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Correction: I meant mysterious girl, not Chely

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@ Ronnie I agree with you! Many celebs think the rules aren't meant for them! Too many folks try to reason a blameless life. How futile not to mention, short-sighted! @ Chely Clooney crossed police lines illegally. That's the reason he was taken in. He knew better. I suspect he and his cronies did it as a publicity stunt. Guess it worked. After all, the story's here on THG. He was still legitimately charged though.

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It seems so familiar. Jane Fonda Vietnam activist and many others have come before George Clooney. It is publicity stunts fabricated by the management companies of the celebrities. It is an attempt to convince or create the impression that they have a conscience and are socially responsible, and not above the law. They always target the very far away destinations. Lets give George Clooney the benefit of the doubt, maybe he is sincere?

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No mystery girl- Not even a celeb can do what ever he wants. The world is full of people that don't do anything wrong- wouldn't you say.

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@katy am sayin he has all the right to protest. he can do whatever he wants why the hell was he arrested he didnt do anythin wrong

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@Big Daddy But don't you know? Liberals make up the rules as they go--and that's okay. It's conservatives that have to tow the line! @ mysterious girl Say whhhaaaaaat?!? You lost me!

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Fair enough, George, but I thought liberals opposed military action on foreign soil?

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