Out-of-work actors offered £50 to join fake protest against Qatar’s leader as he arrives for talks with Theresa May

STRUGGLING actors were offered £20 to join a fake protest against the Emir of Qatar as he visited Theresa May today.

A casting agency put out a job ad calling for extras to join an “Anti-Qatar event” outside Downing Street.

The Emir of Qatar holding talks with Theresa May in Downing Street today
EPA

The bogus demo was timed to coincide with the arrival of Tamim al-Thani for talks with the Prime Minister.

The ad was put out by Extra People, which said: “This is NOT a film or TV production.

“The company are looking for a large group of people to fill space outside downing street during the visit of the president of Quatar (sic).

“This is an ANTI-Qatar event – You will not have to do or say anything, they just want to fill space.”

This advert was sent to out-of-work actors
Only tourists were seen in Downing Street today and there was no sign of protesters
Anthony Harwood

It went on: “Rate: £20 – we appreciate this is a low rate, however it is only 1-1.5 hours work.”

Extra People refused to reveal who was behind the fake demo.

But for more than a year Qatar has been the subject of a diplomatic and transport blockade by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.

They accused the tiny Gulf state of cosying up to Iran and supporting extremism, which Doha denies.

Extra People later pulled the advert, saying it did not want to be involved in the protests.

The two leaders outside the door of Number 10
PA:Press Association

And there were no demonstrators in Downing Street when the Emir arrived for his visit to Number 10 today.

The company claimed it had been contacted by a firm named Neptune PR, asking for 500 demonstrators in Westminster.

Neptune denied any involvement.

Yesterday a Qatari diplomat pointed the finger at the Saudi-led alliance for what had happened.

He said: “The blockading countries have a long history of using paid protestors to try and discredit those who do not agree with their views.

“Despite their latest attempts to spread lies about Qatar, the visit of HH the Emir has further strengthened the historic and strategic partnership between Qatar and the UK.”


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