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George Clooney Arrested Outside Sudanese Embassy in DC

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Movie star George Clooney was led away in handcuffs Friday after storming the Sudanese Embassy, protesting the actions of the country's president.

Clooney made the rounds in Washington, D.C., this week, hoping his superstar power 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 along with the Obama administration's policy. 

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He led a protest Friday outside of Sudan's embassy calling on Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war-criminal, to stop the violence and allow humanitarian aid into the country.

Following his arrest, Clooney's publicist released a statement, saying, "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."

The Hollywood actor has been working with 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 directed against his own people for decades, to "make him famous."

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    I think if people realized what has been going on in Darfur over the past seven years, we’d have a lot more incidents like this. However, there’s clearly a double standard going on when Hollywood’s VIP’s demand change from the wrong people. Clearly, the most powerful person who can influence change in Sudan is not the Sudanese ambassador, but rather President Obama himself. Yet as much as Clooney, Damon, and Pitt have worked to document these atrocities (which are comparable to the Holocaust), they’re not putting pressure on the president to develop a strategic foreign policy geared toward ending the conflict. Going to the Sudanese ambassador to end the atrocities in Darfur is like going to your elementary school janitor when you’re being bullied – instead of going to your teacher (or better yet, your principal). HuffPo’s Rafael Medoff earlier today said it best: 

    “George Clooney took time out from his Sudan activities in Washington last week to attend a glitzy state dinner at the Obama White House. Bad move. He should have been outside with a picket sign — just as he was in 2006, when he was one of the keynote speakers at a huge rally for Darfur near the Bush White House. To give this administration a pass smacks of a double standard.” 

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