Three Americans Arrested in Occupy Tahrir Square

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 Cairo – Dr. Ashraf Ezzat

 

The latest clashes between Egyptian police and protesters in Tahrir square have been raging since last Saturday

The state television in Egypt aired pictures of three American students who, according to Egypt interior ministry sources, were arrested by the police last Monday on rioting charges.

The American students are facing accusations of participating in Cairo riots and throwing Rocks & Molotov cocktail bottles at the Egyptian police forces near Tahrir square in downtown Cairo.

The TV report didn’t mention the names of the three Americans, but the American embassy in Cairo has confirmed the news of their detention. The trio, studying at the American University in Cairo, have been named as Derrik Sweeney and Gregory Porter, both 19 years old, and Luke Gates, 21.( Watch the video of CBS news coverage interviewing their families in the United States)

It seems the three American teens sympathized with the Egyptian protesters in their latest standoff with the police forces they decided to show some support and give them a hand to occupy Tahrir square!

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Ashraf Ezzat is an Egyptian born in Cairo and based in Alexandria. He graduated from the faculty of Medicine at Alexandria University. Keen not to be entirely consumed by the medical profession, Dr. Ezzat invests a lot of his time in research and writing. History of the ancient Near East and of Ancient Egypt has long been an area of special interest to him. In his writings, he approaches ancient history not as some tales from the remote times but as a causative factor in our existing life; and to him, it's as relevant and vibrant as the current moment. In his research and writings, Dr. Ezzat is always on a quest trying to find out why the ancient wisdom had been obstructed and ancient spirituality diminished whereas the Judeo-Christian teachings and faith took hold and prospered. Dr. Ezzat has written extensively in Arabic tackling many issues and topics in the field of Egyptology and comparative religion. He is the author of Egypt knew no Pharaohs nor Israelites. He writes regularly at many well-known online websites such as Dissident Voice and What Really Happened. Dr. Ezzat is also an independent filmmaker. His debut film was back in 2011 The Annals of Egypt Revolution and in 2012 he made Tale of Osiris a short animation for children. In 2013 his short The Pyramids: story of creation was screened at many international film festivals in Europe. And he is working now on his first documentary "Egypt knew no Pharaohs nor Israelites".