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Clooney, Rep. Moran arrested in protests

WASHINGTON (WWBT) - Actor George Clooney and Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) were arrested while protesting outside the Sudanese Embassy Friday morning.

They were part of a group protesting the president of Sudan over the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the country. The group claims Omar al-Bashir kept food and relief supplies from entering the country.

"We need humanitarian aid to be allowed into the Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world - immediately," Clooney said as he was being detained.

[Click here to view photos of the arrest on Twitter.]

NAACP President Ben Jealous was also arrested, along with Clooney's father. They were warned three times not to cross a police line outside the embassy. They were handcuffed and placed into the back of a U.S. Secret Service van.

Clooney testified Wednesday before Congress about this "campaign of murder," according to CNN.

During that time, Clooney said the attacks are being helmed by President Omar al-Bashir, government official Ahmad Harun and Defense Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein, according to CNN. He blamed the trio for organizing the attacks in Darfur, as well.

Clooney said earlier that he hopes to draw more attention to the issue and that if action is not taken in the next three to four months "we're going to have a real humanitarian disaster."

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