George Clooney's cause: An escalating humanitarian crisis in Sudan
WATCH: NewsChannel 8's Haley Harrison reports on the cause in Sudan, why so many Americans are concerned, and speaks with an activist who was arrested with George Clooney today about the hundreds of thousands of people who are weeks away from dying in Sudan.
(ABC7, AP) - Actor George Clooney and his father have been arrested at a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington. They were among more than a dozen demonstrators arrested.
The protesters accuse Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, of provoking a humanitarian crisis and blocking food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountains in the county's border region with South Sudan.
Clooney, his father, Nick and others, including Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia and NAACP President Ben Jealous, were arrested after being warned three times not to cross a police line outside the embassy. They were handcuffed and placed into a U.S. Secret Service van.
Clooney was booked on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct/crossing a police line, which comes with a $100 fine.
“I'm so proud of what he is doing and I think based upon who he is it’s wonderful that he lends his name to this,” says Clooney fan Lori Watzman.
He said earlier that he hopes to draw more attention to the issue and that if action is not taken in the next three to four months "we're going to have a real humanitarian disaster."
Clooney and other protesters were given several verbal warnings before being handcuffed and taken away.
Clooney walked out of the second district police headquarters with his father more than three hours after being arrested for civil disobedience.
After being finger printed and photographed, Clooney addressed the issues on which he is trying to shed a light.
“Tens of thousands of people are going to die of starvation that is manmade,” Clooney said. “This isn't a famine this is a manmade tragedy by the government of Khartoum.”
Clooney said Friday that he hopes to draw more attention to the issue and is impressed with President Barack Obama's personal engagement on it. The actor also said that if action is not taken in the next three to four months "we're going to have a real humanitarian disaster."
“I think he's the most beautiful man in the world,” says Clooney fan Martha Pincus. “But besides that I'm very proud of the fact that he is so inspiring too.”
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