WASHINGTON (AP) - Eight activists protesting the expulsion of
aid groups in Darfur have been arrested in front of the Sudanese
Embassy in Washington.
Humanitarian leaders and five U.S. lawmakers were led away in
handcuffs Monday from the embassy after crossing a police line.
They urged world leaders to take a stand against Sudanese
President Omar al-Bashir's decision to expel 16 aid agencies from
Darfur, where the United Nations says up to 300,000 people have
died in fighting that began more than six years ago.
The arrested lawmakers are Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.; Jim
McGovern, D-Mass.; John Lewis, D-Ga.; Donna Edwards, D-Md., and Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif.
Ellison says it is wrong to deprive aid to what he calls "the
most vulnerable people on our planet."