A former congressman from Maine is among those arrested with actor George Clooney and other activists outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom Andrews serves as president and CEO of United to End Genocide, the group that organized Friday’s protest.

The activists blame the Sudanese president for provoking a humanitarian crisis and blocking food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountains in the county’s border region with South Sudan.

Clooney told The Associated Press before his arrest that he can only hope to draw attention to the crisis in Sudan. Andrews was arrested along with Clooney and Clooney’s father, Nick Clooney, a journalist.