George Clooney and his father, Nick, are among several people who have been arrested for participating in a staged protest outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington, D.C.
According to a report by the Associated Press the actor and his father were handcuffed and arrested along with Democratic congressman Jim Moran of Virginia and NAACP President Ben Jealous, among others. All were placed in a Secret Service van.
The protesters demand immediate action to stop Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, from blocking food and other humanitarian aid, reports USA Today. Authorities had warned the men three times to leave prior to the arrest, but before being taken away Clooney said, "This is for the government in Khartoum to stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women, and children. Stop raping them and stop starving them. That's all we ask."
On Wednesday, Clooney, after returning from a trip to Sudan, testified to a Senate committee about atrocities in the African nation. "We're going to have a real humanitarian disaster," he said in earlier interviews about the situation there.
Besides being one of the film industry's most respected actors, the Oscar-winner is a fiercely dedicated advocate for equality. Earlier this month he headlined a staged reading of Dustin Lance Black's play 8, about the historic court battle to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban. In an interview withThe Advocate, Clooney spoke about his commitment to marriage equality. "One day the marriage equality fight will look as archaic as George Wallace standing on the University of Alabama steps keeping James Hood from attending college because he was black," he said. "People will be embarrassed to have been on the wrong side."