Posted at 07:55 AM ET, 11/22/2011

Three Americans arrested in Cairo (video)

Update, 9:15 a.m.: The three students have been identified as Greg Porter, Luke Gates, and Derrik Sweeney. Read more here.

CAIRO -- Three American students from the American University in Cairo were arrested and paraded on state television Tuesday, 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.

American University Cairo has no relationship to American University in D.C.  

Demonstrations in the square came as political leaders pushed for an interim unity government, and Egypt’s generals blamed the unrest on foreign interference. The arrested Americans, accused of throwing flaming canisters and Molotov cocktails at Egyptian security forces, were held out as an example of such foreign interference.

A photo of the students, via the Egyptian Interior Ministry’s Facebook page:


By and Ernesto Londoño  |  07:55 AM ET, 11/22/2011

Tags:  World, Egypt, American University Cairo

 
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