Egyptian actors accused of ‘high treason’ after meeting with US lawmakers


Posted on: March 27th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Two Egyptian actors were accused of “high treason” for holding a series of meetings with U.S. lawmakers this week about alleged violations by their current government.

On Monday, Amr Waked and Khaled Abo El-Naga, along with human rights advocates, conducted a series of meetings in Washington, D.C. with members of the U.S. Congress to lobby against human rights violations in Egypt and controversial proposed constitutional amendments.

Among the proposed amendments Waked and El-Naga — who is internationally known by Kal Naga — are protesting the extension of the presidential term from four to six years and abolishing the two-term limit for a president to serve.

The meeting with the U.S. lawmakers came ahead of a congressional briefing on Monday titled “Egypt: Constitutionalizing Authoritarianism.”

Shortly after the actors had their meeting, the Egyptian Actor’s Syndicate — an actor’s union in Egypt — issued a statement revoking their membership and accusing them of “high treason to the nation and to the Egyptian people.”

Among the proposed amendments Waked and El-Naga — who is internationally known by Kal Naga — are protesting the extension of the presidential term from four to six years and abolishing the two-term limit for a president to serve.

The meeting with the U.S. lawmakers came ahead of a congressional briefing on Monday titled “Egypt: Constitutionalizing Authoritarianism.”

Shortly after the actors had their meeting, the Egyptian Actor’s Syndicate — an actor’s union in Egypt — issued a statement revoking their membership and accusing them of “high treason to the nation and to the Egyptian people.”

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