Drexel undergrad arrested in Cairo protests

    Three American students are getting a hands-on experience in international politics after being arrested this morning in Cairo.

    Drexel undergrad Gregory Porter and two other studying at the American University in Cairo have been arrested for allegedly throwing firebombs at Egyptian security forces amid ongoing anti-government protests, CBS News reports.

    “Drexel administrators are in contact with Porter’s parents and are working with authorities at the American University in Cairo and the U.S. Embassy to have Porter released and returned home safely,” reads a statement from Drexel University.

    Porter is attending the university at Tahrir Square as part of his international area studies major at Drexel. Derrik Sweeney from Georgetown University and Luke Gates from Indiana University were also arrested. They were part of the protest to convince Egyptian military leaders to hand over control to a civilian government.

    WHYY/NewsWorks’ Lizz Fiedler will have more details for us later today.

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