The three American students from the American University in Cairo who were arrested and paraded on state television Tuesday have been identified as Gregory Porter, Luke Gates, and Derrik Sweeney, according to Morgan Roth, a spokeswoman for the university.
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.
Gregory Porter, according to his Facebook profile, is a student at Drexel University and graduated in 2010 from La Salle College High School, a Catholic prep school, in Wyndmoor, Penn. He was an active participant on the debate team focusing on policy debate, according to LaSalle’s Web site.
Luke Gates, a student at Indiana University, updated his current city of residence to Cairo on Aug. 31, according to his Facebook profile. He lists al-Jazeera English and WikiLeaks as interests.
Derrik Sweeney, a Georgetown University student, was an intern for Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) from February to May 2011. Georgetown University says it is in contact with Sweeney’s parents, the American University in Cairo, and the U.S. State Department. His father says he was “caught up in the hype” of Egypt protests. Read more about Sweeney here.
Students at the American University Cairo reported that the campus would close early today “due to high likelihood of traffic congestion related to protests anticipated later.”
A Twitter user Reem Morsy posted this photo of Derrik Sweeney in Cairo a month ago:
American University Cairo has no relationship to American University in D.C.
Watch a video report on the students’ arrest here.