March 16, 2012
WASHINGTON — Actor George Clooney and several members of the US Congress were handcuffed and arrested Friday outside Sudan’s embassy as they demanded an end to an offensive they fear will cause a humanitarian crisis.
Swarmed by flashing cameras and TV crews, Clooney led more than one dozen prominent campaigners to the steps of Sudan’s mission in Washington’s Embassy Row, ignoring several warnings by police to leave the premises.
Officers escorted the “Descendants” star and the other campaigners in plastic handcuffs to police vans. Hundreds of supporters chanted slogans nearby against Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir and waved banners reading, “Sudan: Stop Using Food as a Weapon.”