Three American students attending the American University in Cairo have been arrested by the Egyptian military/police. Luke Gates, Greg Porter and Derrik Sweeney were put before state television cameras and are charged with throwing molotov cocktails. Updates as available.
The students are accused of setting off molotov cocktails and clashing with police in Tahrir Square, where anti-government protesters are gathering in response to calls for a “million-man march.”
American University President Lisa Anderson said the university is working closely with the U.S. embassy to get the young men released.
Two days ago, Gates wrote on Twitter that he threw rocks in the square, and Monday he wrote that a part of his ear was missing after being in the square with rubber bullets.
“I just don’t want to feel anymore,” he wrote Saturday, just before heading to the square.
“honestly, hopefully i die here”
“it’s only scary cuz I feel so reckless”
Three Americans imprisoned in Iran were freed a month or so ago. Now we have three more in Cairo. If the parents are bankrolling these kids, they should have brought them back to U.S.