George Clooney was led away in handcuffs after storming the Sudanese Embassy protesting the actions of the country’s president Omar Al-Bashir.
Clooney made the rounds in Washington this week, hoping his superstar wattage will help shine a light on the situation in Sudan. The actor testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and held private meetings with the Secretary of State and President Obama about the African nation’s dire humanitarian situation and the Obama administration’s policy. He led a protest today outside of Sudan’s embassy calling on Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war-criminal, to stop the violence and allow humanitarian aid into the country.
Also among those arrested were Clooney’s Father Nick Clooney, President of United to End Genocide and former Congressman Tom Andrews, Congressmen Jim McGovern, D-MA, Al Green, D-TX), Jim Moran, D-VA., and John Olver D-MA, Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous, and Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast, according to a police statement.
The Hollywood actor has been working with the John Prendergast from the advocacy group the Enough Project for years. He co-founded the Sudan Sentinel Project, which tracks human rights abuses on the border of Sudan and South Sudan using satellite cameras. Clooney’s said in the past that he wants to draw attention to the atrocities Al-Bashir’s allegedly irected against his own people for decades, to “make him famous.”
Some aren’t so sure the arrest had anything to do with Sudan. Rumors are that Clooney said something to Michelle Obama at the State Dinner for David Cameron.
Michelle moved her seat to be next to Clooney and, apparently, the President wasn’t too happy about it. And then… Clooney said something to Michelle – and it wasn’t about the fact that he was shorter than her.
Clooney’s not the only celebrity to get involved with human rights causes. Angelina Jolie may be one of the most well-known movie star philanthropists. She’s a good will ambassador for the United Nations Refugee Committee, and has spoken out and given money to numerous causes. She attended the reading of the first verdict from the International Criminal Court this week, finding Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga guilty of using child soldiers. Jolie had been part of the process to bring Lubanga to justice. She visited the court three times during the trial and funded the Lubanga Chronicles, a program that used written articles, radio and the web to inform the Congolese public and the international community about the case.
“Perhaps [this] verdict of guilty provides some measure of comfort for the victims of Mr Lubanga’s actions,” Jolie said in a statement. “Most of all it sends a strong message against the use of child soldiers.”
There are rumors that Bat Boy was also at the protest and was arrested as well, but WWN can not confirm that at this time.