Sunday, May 19, 2013
All eyes likely will be on actor George Clooney, but former Democratic Rep. Tom Andrews of Maine and a host of other public figures will be at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington later this morning to hold a demonstration demanding the Sudanese government allow food to reach starving people in the country's Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions.
Andrews is president of the group staging the protest, United to End Genocide.
United to End Genocide says a half million people are at risk of starvation because Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is blockading food and humanitarian aid in an attack on civilians as part of the government's campaign against rebel groups.
(Updated as of 1:30 p.m.: Clooney, Andrews and other protestors were arrested when they refused a police request to move from the front of the embassy. A group spokesperson said they are expected to post bail and be released soon.)
Kevin Miller is Washington bureau chief for the Portland Press Herald and MaineToday Media. He has worked as a journalist in Maine for 6 ½ years, covering the environment, politics and the State House. Before arriving in Maine, he wrote about politics, government and education for newspapers in Virginia and Maryland.
Kevin can be reached at 317-6256 or email@example.com
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