(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.
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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