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Video: Jim Moran, George Clooney Arrested at Embassy of Sudan

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A bit of background per the Washington Post:

Before their arrest, the assembled group of congressmen, religious leaders and cultural icons spoke about the humanitarian crisis faced by hundreds of thousands of Sudanese who have been prevented from receiving international aid by president Bashir.

Clooney and the group of protesters stepped onto embassy grounds after giving short speeches, at which point they were instructed that they must leave or be arrested. On the third warning, officers told the group they were under arrest, and the protestors lined up to get handcuffed and were removed to a waiting van.

  • glennbear

    Jim Moran gets arrested for publicly protesting genocide in the Sudan. Robert Hurt continues to play follow the GOP leader in repressing the 99% in America. Who would you rather have representing you ? My choice would be the man with the obviously correct moral compass and not the ALEC aligned corporate puppet.

  • sonofkenny

    Is how little the anchors knew about what was going on. They didn’t know where it was taking place, weren’t entirely sure what was going on, and seemed to only recognize George Clooney.

    Can you imagine Walter Cronkite performing that way?

  • Rep. Moran, George Clooney, Congressional Leaders, Protestors Arrested at Sudan Embassy

    Group protesting Sudan Government to stop food blockade

    Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, was arrested this morning at the Sudan Embassy during a protest against Sudan President Omar al-Bashir’s blockade of food and humanitarian aid to half a million people. Joining Moran at the protest were actor George Clooney and his father Nick Clooney, Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA), John Olver (D-MA) and Al Green (D-TX), Martin Luther King III, NAACP Ben Jealous, actor Dick Gregory, and John Prendergast co-founder of the Enough Project.

    “There is a moral imperative for those of us who, but for the luck of birth, benefit every day from peace and prosperity to speak out for those who face the atrocities of starvation and oppression,” said Moran at the protest. “Today, we walk up to the doorway of Omar al-Bashir’s Embassy, and say loud and clear: Enough.”

    Since June 2011, Sudan President Omar al-Bashir has blocked humanitarian and food aid to the South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Abyei regions along the border of South Sudan. Today’s protest drew attention to the aerial attacks by Sudanese forces against civilians displaced by the conflict, as well as the continued refusal of the Bashir government to allow humanitarian access to aid groups. Military action in the region has prevented the Sudanese people from growing and planting food, threatening starvation.

    Rep. Moran is a cosponsor of the “Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2012,” H.R. 4169, which would create a comprehensive strategy for ending serious human rights violations, promoting democratic reform, and establishing lasting peace in Sudan.

    Moran is a longtime advocate for peace and stability in Sudan. In 2006, Moran was arrested at the Sudan Embassy during a protest against the genocide in Darfur.

    To read more on the “Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2012,” please visit: http://mcgovern.house.gov/inde

  • totallynext

    Fundraiser in the new part of the 8th!!!!!