George Clooney has made a statement by being arrested during a protest to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in South Sudan.
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The protest was taking place outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington and those taking part accusing the President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, of instigating the humanitarian crisis as well as blocking food and aid from getting into the Nuba Mountains.
The protestors were given three verbal warnings not to cross a police line and were arrested when they did not comply.
Clooney had said to the protestors “We as Americans, as human beings, have to make sure that these atrocities do not take place”. adding “Access to food and supplies must not be used as a weapon”.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a few more of the rich and influential people of this world actually taking a stand on moral grounds? And the bankers? They’ll be speculating on the price of the food that won’t be going to Sudan looking for a fat profit.
Well Done George and keep it going. And it’s also a pity that to bring right to the attention of the world you have to break the law.
After all, women in the UK have the vote on the back of the Suffragettes breaking the law of the land at the time.
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