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George Clooney arrested for protesting at Sudanese embassy

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Actor George Clooney and his dad Nick Clooney were among the high-profile names arrested during a planned protest in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington on Friday. Yeah, they arrested a bunch of politicians, too, but no one seems to be talking about them.

After testifying this week at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and meeting with President Obama on the country's plight, Clooney & Co. picketed the embassy to demand Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir to end the violence in his country and allow aid into Sudan. He was arrested for crossing a police line, TMZ reports, which is a misdemeanor offense. He posted a $100 bond and was released that afternoon. He will not face a court date.

"You never know if you are accomplishing anything," Clooney told NBC. "We hope it helps. There really is a ticking clock on (the situation)."

Along with the Clooneys, a whole host of VIPs were also led away in handcuffs (well, zip-ties, really). ABC News lists President of United to End Genocide and former Congressman Tom Andrews; Congressmen Jim McGovern, D-MA; Al Green, D-TX; Jim Moran, D-VA.; and John Olver D-MA; Martin Luther King III; NAACP President Ben Jealous; and Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast among the scofflaws. Who says nothing ever gets done in D.C.?

[Photo: Getty Images]

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[Last modified: Friday, March 16, 2012 6:29pm]

    

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