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L.A. man arrested with George Clooney in Washington, D.C.

March 16, 2012 |  2:37 pm

Clooney arrested
A Silver Lake man who runs a local anti-genocide organization was arrested and released Friday in Washington, D.C., during a protest of Sudanese government attacks in front of the country’s embassy.

Fred Kramer, executive director of Jewish World Watch in Encino, was arrested around 8 a.m. for crossing a police line and was released about four hours later, said JWW President Janice Reznik. Reznik had no additional details on Kramer’s arrest, but said he plans to fly back to Los Angeles and resume his duties as early as Friday night.

Reznik said that about 10 people were arrested for protests Friday, including actor George Clooney who had recently traveled to Sudan and later testified about violence there to the Senate.

“They’ve been planning for the last week or two,” she said of the protest. “But I don’t know if the arrest was planned.”

The organization has been trying to draw attention to what it alleges is a genocide targeted at Sudanese residents living in the Nuba Mountains region of the country. Activists say that Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir is deliberately preventing food and humanitarian aid from reaching the country’s villagers after forces bombed crop fields last summer.

Reznik said she co-founded JWW in 2004 to serve as a “post-holocaust response to genocide.” She called Kramer’s arrest an "extension" of the organization’s mission.  

“This is our passion, this is our purpose,” she said. “Whatever consequences [Kramer] suffers will always be explicable as an act of peaceful protest.

“I feel really proud of him,” she added. “I think our whole organization is.”


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Photo: Fred Kramer, right, was among those arrested with George Clooney at a protest at the Sudanese Embassy. Credit: Enough Project