U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Alexandria) was arrested Friday morning along with actor George Clooney and 12 others at the Sudanese Embassy during a protest.
Moran was protesting against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s blockade of food and humanitarian aid to half a million people in Sudan, said Moran’s press secretary Annie Hughes.
“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.”
Moran was charged with disorderly conduct for crossing a police line.
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, according to Hughes.
“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,” Hughes said. “Military action in the region has prevented the Sudanese people from growing and planting food, threatening starvation.”
Attempts to contact the embassy were unsuccessful.
Joining Moran and Clooney at the protest were Clooney’s father Nick Clooney, Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), John Olver (D-Mass.) and Al Green (D-Tex.), Martin Luther King III, NAACP’s Ben Jealous, actor Dick Gregory, and John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project.
In 2006, Moran was arrested at the Sudan Embassy during a protest against the genocide in Darfur.