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George Clooney was arrested this morning outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington DC, and apparently, the actor couldn’t be happier about it. He was there, along with other activists including his father and several politicians, to protest the African government’s human rights abuses. They were asked to remove themselves from the embassy property on at least three occasions, and when they refused, the Secret Service moved in.
The actor’s PR man Stan Rosenfield has already released a statement commenting on the arrest to TMZ, and not surprisingly, his words are more directed at the violence and starvation than his client being fingerprinted. You can take a look at the comment below…
"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."
George Clooney has always been a very socially conscious guy. He’s spoken out about a wide range of issues including gay rights in the past. He feels it’s his duty and right to call bullshit on things he has a problem with, and today’s arrest is yet another example of that. It’s unclear whether his actions will spur more Americans to investigate the crisis, but I suppose it’s the thought that counts.
As there are no reports of violence or resisting arrest, it’s unlikely Clooney will get anything more than a slap on the wrist. It doesn’t really serve anyone’s best interests to lock him up, but we’ll bring you details when and if he’s hit with an actual charge. Until then, here’s the Wikipedia on human rights in Sudan to keep you busy.