Using your celebrity to raise awareness of an issue is one thing. Getting arrested for that purpose is another. That's what George Clooney, Liberal humanitarian activist, was willing to do Friday. He joined a protest with his father Nick and several U.S. Congressmen at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. The issue: the new Sudanese government is attacking rebels in the Nuba region of Sudan, and is blocking delivery of food aid there.
UPDATE: Clooney and his father have been released and spoke to reporters.
Here are CNN details:
So, the “demand” that George Clooney and the other protesters made to the Government of Sudan was to let humanitarian agencies access vulnerable people in the Nuba region. Blocking food aid is a tactic that the Sudanese government used to destroy populations in Darfur, and now it is repeating that same tactic in the Nuba mountains.
George and the others got themselves sent to the slammer to draw attention to this very urgent humanitarian emergency. Hopefully, people will take notice of the underlying reason why Clooney is spending his Friday afternoon in a DC jail cell.
Way to go George.