About ten minutes ago, George Clooney was arrested with Martin Luther King III and Rep. Jim Moran (and others) outside the Sudan Embassy in Washington D.C.
Here’s an updated photo by Reuters:
They planned the protest to bring awareness to the massacre of the Sudanese people by President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove reports:
“There’s a difference between two armies fighting and what the Geneva Convention calls war crimes—the indiscriminate bombing of innocent civilians,” Clooney told a packed house at the council’s Manhattan headquarters. “It’s all the same people who were involved in Darfur,” Clooney went on, mentioning President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, Defense Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein, and former interior minister Ahmad Haroun, three of the north Sudanese officials charged with Darfur-related war crimes by the International Criminal Court. “They’re scaring the hell out of these people”—the men, women and children of the Nuba Mountains—“and they’re killing them and trying to get them just to leave.”
Mr. Clooney and John Prendergast just returned from a trip to South Sudan with the Enough Project. If you have any time at all today, I recommend watching this panel discussion: