City Paper is not for tourists
When Hollywood types come to D.C., it’s usually to stop by Capitol Hill for a day of lobbying and photo opportunities. For George Clooney, that wasn’t enough (he testified about a recent trip to Sudan before a Senate committee yesterday), so he joined a protest against human rights abuses on the steps of the Sudan embassy. Things got so real, apparently, that he was arrested, along with his father Nick Clooney, NAACP president Ben Jealous, and several members of Congress. MSNBC reports:
Speaking before the large crowd that gathered to watch the protest, Clooney said the group wanted “the (Sudanese) government in Khartoum to stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children. Stop raping them, and stop starving them.”
Because the embassy is private property, Clooney and colleagues knew that refusing to move would end in arrest. They were warned three times before police moved in to make the arrests.
The group held a sign that read “Sudan: Stop Weapons of Mass Starvation,” the Associated Press reported.