Will Amr Waked and Khaled Abu al-Naga pay the price of participating in the January revolution and rejecting the constitutional amendments?
Khaled Abul-Naga and Amr Waked were among the first artists to participate in the January 25, 2011 revolution, and then also participated in the June 30, 2013 demonstrations.
Cairo- The Administrative Court of the Second Circuit for Individuals issued its final ruling to disqualify the artist Khaled Abu Al-Naga and the artist Amr Waked from the Syndicate of Acting Professions, and rejected their appeal.
This comes with the decision of the Acting Professions Syndicate President Ashraf Zaki to permanently expel the duo from the Syndicate, as Shaaban Saeed, the Representative of the Representative Professions Syndicate attended, who said that according to the text of Article 6 of Law No. Each union has the right to be employed in theatre, cinema, or music.
During the session, the lawyer stressed that Article 12 of the law provides for canceling membership in specific cases, and pointed out that Amr Waked and Khaled Abul-Naga “missed the condition of good conduct and reputation, as stipulated in Article 6 in Clause 3, because they had previously been accused in terrorism cases and joining a group. As well as their appearance in a hearing in the US Congress under the so-called Egyptian Forum for Human Rights without authorization from the Egyptian state, and they were being empowered abroad and undercut Egypt,” according to the statement of the union’s lawyer.
Amr Waked commented on the decision via a tweet to him on his official Twitter page, and wrote, “I hope one day that everyone who defames me and defames others will understand that he has made a mistake and harmed himself before anyone else.”
I hope one day that all the people who walk deform me and others understand that they are doing wrong and harming themselves before anyone else.
— Amr Waked (@amrwaked) January 4, 2022
As for Khaled Abul-Naga, he wrote on Twitter, “The Egyptian army’s acquisition of the presidency, then the media, then legislation, and currently the economy without supervision is a complete internal occupation.”
The Egyptian army’s seizure of the presidency, the media, legislation, and currently the unchecked economy is a complete internal occupation!#people_ya_egyptian#Separation_of_the_army_from_governance#Separation of religion and state#constitution_citizenship#Live freedom social justice
— Kal Naga (@kalnaga) January 4, 2022
Rejecting the constitutional amendments
Amr Waked and Khaled Abul-Naga attended a hearing in the US Congress in 2019, under the auspices of House of Representatives member Tom Malinowski, regarding the constitutional amendments, after which the Actors Syndicate President Ashraf Zaki issued a statement in which he said: The popular will, and anticipating its decisions to move it in a direction that supports the agenda of conspirators against the security and stability of Egypt.
For his part, Waked and Abul-Naga confirmed at the time that their presence was an objection to the amendments being approved to the Egyptian constitution, and they spoke at the session about the human rights situation in Egypt, and Waked said during the session that “the Egyptian opponents are very strong.”
From revolution to opposition
Khaled Abu Al-Naga and Amr Waked were among the first artists to participate in the January 25, 2011 revolution, and then also participated in the June 30, 2013 demonstrations, justifying this by their desire for the Egyptian people to enjoy democracy, but they faced security restrictions after that, so they had to travel Abroad.
Waked is currently presenting a documentary program entitled “The Corridors of Amr Waked” on Al Jazeera O2, which began its episodes last November, and deals with crises and political issues facing the peoples of the world.
As for Khaled Abul-Naga, he participated in the Canadian-American movie “Civic Duty”, and then appeared in many foreign TV shows such as “Tyrant” in 2016 with a major role in its third season, and the series “Vikings” As a guest in two episodes in its fifth season in 2017, and a major role in the first part of “The Last Post” in 2018, the last of which was his appearance in the last episode of the series “Messiah” on “Netflix” in 2019.