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George Clooney Arrested in Sudan Protest, Hitting Sunday Shows

George Clooney was standing next to his father Nick Clooney when they were arrested on Friday, along with faith leaders, all of whom are working to get the world to take action against what’s happening in Sudan. The goal is to stop the Sudanese government from continuing the genocide and war crimes being committed against innocent civilians.

I heard an interview with Clooney once where he talked about how he became engaged in what has become a passionate campaign in the Sudan. He said he’d partnered with his journalist father to go take a look, with dad providing the story line and the photos, while the son’s celebrity was able to bring needed attention.

Clooney will appear on Fox News Sunday and Meet the Press this Sunday.

Below is the press release from the Enough Project, whose goal is to end genocide and crimes against humanity.

Sudanese President’s Food & Aid Blockade Threatens 500,000 Lives

Washington, D.C. — George Clooney, President of United to End Genocide and former Congressman Tom Andrews, Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA), Al Green (D-TX), Jim Moran (D-VA) and John Olver (D-MA), Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast, and other human rights and faith leaders were arrested today for civil disobedience outside of the Sudanese Embassy while protesting the escalating humanitarian emergency in Sudan that threatens the lives of 500,000 people.

These leaders demanded that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir immediately end the blockade that is preventing food and humanitarian aid from reaching the people of Sudan’s Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions. Bashir’s forces created the dire food shortage in the region–predicted by USAID to reach near-famine levels this month–by bombing fields and preventing villagers from planting crops in July and August last year.

After speaking on the steps of the embassy to hundreds of activists, members of Congress and activist leaders were asked by police to leave the scene. When the protest continued, officers arrested those who would not comply. Additional participants arrested in the civil disobedience included Nick Clooney, Jewish Council for Public Affairs President Rabbi Steve Gutow, Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism Director Rabbi David Saperstein, Jewish World Watch Executive Director Fred Kramer, and American Jewish World Service Associate Director of Policy Ian Schwab.

Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail, a Nuban leader from South Kordofan, Sudan addressed the crowd at the embassy, along with Darfuri activist and United to End Genocide Director of Global Partnerships Niemat Ahmadi, and Sudanese activist for Darfur and Enough Project Senior Advisor Omer Ismail. Dr. Richard Land, President of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and TransAfrica Forum President Nicole Lee also spoke.

“We are protesting to make sure the Sudanese government knows that the world is watching,” states Congressman Jim McGovern. “The United States Congress is watching. And we will be back again and again until they stop using food as a weapon; stop slaughtering innocent men, women and children; and stop spitting in the face of the world community.”

John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, says: “George Clooney and I just returned from the Nuba Mountains, where the Sudan government regularly bombs civilians and blocks humanitarian aid to the war-torn regions along the border with South Sudan. It is urgent that the Khartoum government allow aid access. More broadly, the window is now open for a comprehensive political settlement on all the issues that divide Sudan and South Sudan, and the U.S. is playing an important role in supporting that effort.”

“It is unacceptable and inexcusable that Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir–an internationally criminal wanted for war crimes and genocide–is getting away with bombing, starving and displacing hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile State,” says United to End Genocide President Tom Andrews. “We need to hear the outrage from President Obama and see robust international leadership. The United States should immediately do everything in its power to get food to the region before people starve and increase sanctions on Bashir and his forces.”

“We should not allow the tragedy of Darfur to be repeated. Hundreds of thousands of people died before the international community and United States took action. The question for the people in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile is will the U.S. government act now, or will the response be too little, too late,” states United to End Genocide Director of Global Partnerships Niemat Ahmadi who is originally from Darfur, Sudan.


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5 Responses to George Clooney Arrested in Sudan Protest, Hitting Sunday Shows

  1. Art Pronin March 16, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    cool! clooney is brining on the fight

  2. fangio March 17, 2012 at 1:06 am #

    So again we ask the question, why Libya? A better question would be, why so soon in Libya and never in Rwanda, Syria and Sudan? In Sudan we have the new dystopia born from the embrace of one murderous government of another. The missiles falling on the heads of the women and children in the Nuba mountains of Sudan come from the devil Bashir’s best partner in blood, China. Thanks to global corporatism the Chinese have been able to use their mercantiliist policies to garner the wealth necessary to build a massive arms exporting industry. They will sell weapons to anyone anytime as long as they are able to slowly bleed the buyer of all it’s natural resources. Their good friend Bashir, an international war criminal, fresh from the killings and rapes of Darfur has apparently not yet quenched his bloodlust; starving the people in the southern mountains will no doubt not be enough either. So again, we ask, why Libya?

    • Taylor Marsh March 17, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

      Why Libya?

      Because it was easy & doable, but also because Pres. Sarkozy wanted it badly. (I was against the actions at the time and remain against the actions)

  3. Joyce Arnold March 17, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    “We need to hear the outrage from President Obama and see robust international leadership,” from the Enough Project quote above. — It seems that generally, “robust leadership” only happens when gearing up to go to war. And to some extent, when bailing out the financial industry.

  4. Lake Lady March 17, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Clooney and a long time activist in the region did a very nuanced and informative interview on Charlie Rose last night.

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