George Clooney and his father, Nick Clooney were arrested today in Washington D.C. at a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy.
The Descendants star was part of a group that included religious leaders, human rights activists and four Congress members – Al Green, Jim McGovern, Jim Moran and John Oliver – that were taken in to custody after defying a police order to move off of the Embassy’s private property.
In an effort to call attention to what they say is Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir‘s blockade of humanitarian aid and the continued slaughter of his own people, Clooney said it was time for the government to bring it to an end.
“This is for the government in Khartoum to stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children,” the 50 year-old actor said as he was being taken away.
“Stop raping them and stop starving them. That’s all we ask.”
Clooney’s rep released a statement on the actor and his father’s involvement in the protest:
“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.”
Clooney testified before Congress on Wednesday and has met with president Barack Obama over the situation in the Sudan.
The actor was taken into custody by the Secret Service and will be charged with disorderly crossing of a police line, a misdemeanor.
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