Clooney arrested at anti-Sudan protest in Washington

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Posted: Mar 16, 2012 11:28 AM
Clooney arrested at anti-Sudan protest in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hollywood movie star George Clooney was arrested at Sudan's embassy's in Washington on Friday during a protest against the country's blockade of humanitarian aid.

Clooney, his father Nick and other anti-Sudan activists ignored three police warnings to leave the embassy grounds and were led away to a Secret Service van in handcuffs, a Reuters journalist covering the demonstration said.

Clooney told a Senate hearing on Thursday that Washington must get tough on Sudan President Omar al-Bashir and two other Sudanese officials indicted by the International Criminal Court as part of an investigation into atrocities in Darfur from August 2003 to March 2004.

Clooney was protesting Sudan's efforts to block humanitarian aid from reaching a volatile border region where its army is fighting rebels aligned with South Sudan.

He had been widely expected to provoke police into arresting him.

(Reporting by Kevin Fogarty, editing by Ross Colvin)