George Clooney has been arrested and handcuffed during a protest at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.

Clooney and other protesters, including his father Nick, Virginia congressman Jim Moran, and civil rights leader Ben Jealous, were placed in the back of a US Secret Service van and taken away.

The group of activists had been given three verbal warnings not to cross a police line as they gathered outside the embassy. Others at the prostest included Martin Luther King III. They blame the government of Sudan for attacks that have killed civilians there.

Clooney had met with President Barack Obama the previous day to discuss Sudan. Following the meeting, he said the "good news for us is we feel like there's a commitment at a high level" to address the Sudanese situation. He added that he sensed "great interest in working with China."

George Clooney has been arrested and handcuffed during a protest at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington

The actor said 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."

Earlier this week he testified at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about violence in Sudan.

The protesters accuse Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, of provoking a humanitarian crisis and blocking food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountains in the border region with South Sudan.

In a four minute video released yesterday, which he directed, Clooney was documented making a trip to the area where he witnessed what an American activist said was a Chinese-made missile sailing overhead.

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