A former intern for Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) was arrested Tuesday during protests in Egypt for allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail, the Associated Press reports.
Derrik Sweeney, 19, is a student a Georgetown University who interned in Luetkemeyer’s Washington office from February to May 2011. Sweeney had attended the Egyptian protests with Luke Gates, 21, a student at Indiana University, and Gregory Porter, 19, a student at Drexel University. The three Americans have been in Egypt studying Arabic at the American University in Cairo since August.
Kevin Sweeney, Derrik’s father, told the AP that his son used the phone in the consul general’s office to call his family in Missouri early Wednesday morning. He spoke to his mother briefly.
Kevin Sweeney said his son insisted that he did not participate in the demonstrations, but was observing them from a rooftop. He also told his family that he had not been tortured.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.