Actor George Clooney was arrested today in Washington during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
Clooney was arrested along with his father, Nick Clooney, and other activists while participating in a protest against the Sudan government’s blockade of humanitarian aid.
The protesters reportedly ignored warnings from police telling them the gathering was illegal and ordering them to leave the embassy grounds. They were led away in handcuffs to a Secret Service van, the story reports.
The report adds: “Clooney told a Senate hearing on Thursday that Washington must get tough on Sudan President Omar al-Bashir and two other Sudanese officials indicted by the International Criminal Court as part of an investigation into atrocities in Darfur from August 2003 to March 2004.
“Clooney said violence between Sudanese soldiers and rebels aligned with South Sudan in border areas including South Kordofan’s Nuba mountains involved repeated attacks on unarmed civilians who already face a serious humanitarian crisis.”
George and Nick Clooney were released soon after their arrests, and gave a brief news conference to further raise awareness of the situation in the Sudan.
Here’s a video of the arrests: