Luke Gates, of the three American students from the American University in Cairo who was arrested and paraded on state television Tuesday, wrote often on his Twitter account of his experiences in Tahrir Square and of wanting to die in the country. Gates is a student at Indiana University on the semester abroad program in Cairo.
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.
Along with Drexel University student Gregory Porter and Georgetown University student Derrik Sweeney, Gates is accused of setting off molotov cocktails and clashing with police in the square. American University in Cairo President Lisa Anderson said the university is working closely with the U.S. embassy to get the young men released.
Gates updated his current city of residence to Cairo on Aug. 31, according to his Facebook profile.
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