George Clooney arrested in Washington at Sudan protest

George Clooney arrested in Washington at Sudan protest

March 16 (Bloomberg) — Actor George Clooney was arrested outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington during a protest against attacks by the country’s government on its southern regions and blocking of humanitarian aid.

Clooney, 50, was taken into custody today and charged with crossing a police line, a misdemeanor, according to George Ogilvie, a Secret Service spokesman. He was taken to a Metropolitan Police Department station for processing, Ogilvie said.

The Hollywood star has spent the past two days in Washington. On March 14, he testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee claiming the Sudanese government was killing its own people and blocking aid to the Nuba mountains and the Blue Nile regions. That evening, he was among the guests invited by President Barack Obama to a state dinner honoring U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron.

Clooney, at the Senate hearing, talked about his visit this month to southern Sudan where he witnessed hundreds of people seeking to hide in caves from Sudanese bombings.

“The south has all of its oil and the north has the pipelines and refineries,” he told senators. “For years, the north has been taking the oil and keeping most of the profits, flying bombs and rockets and using them on Darfur, the Blue Nile, Abyei, and the Nuba mountains.”