George Clooney was arrested outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington today, part of an orchestrated calling for the government in Khartoum “to stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children.”
Also arrested was Clooney’s father, former broadcaster Nick Clooney, several congressmen and NAACP president Ben Jealous. Also taking part in the protest was comedian Dick Gregory, who pledged to start a hunger strike of solid foods until the government can stop blocking a key supply route through which humanitarian groups have been sending aid to the region.
“We are here really to ask two very simple questions,” Clooney said, per CNN. “The first question is something immediate, and immediately, we need humanitarian aid to be allowed into the Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.”
Update: “It was really rough, you can imagine. Have you ever been in a cell with these guys?” Clooney said in a press conference after his release. He pointed to the politicians, and his father, who also were arrested. Video of the press conference is below.