American University in Cairo students, Derrik Sweeney, Luke Gates and Gregory Porter, were arrested on the roof of a university building near Tahrir Square on Sunday. Police accused them of throwing firebombs, often called Molotov cocktails, at security forces during a protest.
“I am a world citizen. Can I renounce my US citizenship on Twitter? haha” Gates tweeted in support of world democracy during the protest. He also tweeted that he was injured by rubber bullets and a retreat earlier in the night.
There is also a video of protest that showed at least two of the students protesting with the Egyptians, although half of their faces were covered by bandanas. The only footage of this video that I could find was from the Egyptian news.
It was announced early on Thursday that the court ordered that the boys be released from jail, but no one knew how long the out-processing stage would take. Thankfully, the three students were released from custody that same afternoon ET.
While her son was in jail, Joy Sweeney refused to plan any kind of Thanksgiving celebration, because it seemed “absolutely irrelevant.” Instead, she waited with baited breath for the Egyptian courts to finish the administration side of the boys’ release.
Attorney Theodore Simon talked to Porter on the phone that day and said that Porter was “extremely thankful and appreciative for our efforts and unconditional support of his mother and father.”
The parents of the boys must be happy to have their sons returning home safe and sound, saying that it made them have something to be thankful about during the holiday. They hope that they have learned some important life lessons during this experience.
What do you think of these boys getting involved in the Egyptian protests?