American Student Killed in Massive Egyptian Protest

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Andrew Pochter, a twenty-one year old who was attending Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, was killed last week in a massive uprising in Cairo, Egypt being described as the biggest political event ever.

An estimated 17 million Egyptians turned out to protest the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule of Egypt following the U.S. back removal of Hosni Mubarak, and Pochter was killed at the uprising. As the New York Times reported:

Egyptian security officials said Saturday that Mr. Pochter was stabbed in the chest, near his heart, late Friday during clashes between supporters and opponents of the country’s president, Mohamed Morsi. He was taken to a nearby military hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly afterward.

On Saturday, Egyptian prosecutors ordered the arrest of suspects in the killing, but gave no information on the number of suspects or their identities. The prosecutor also ordered Mr. Pochter’s body to be handed over to American officials.

It is sad that a young life full of curiosity and bravery was snuffed out at this political rally, which is itself an expression of disillusion with an Arab Spring that was touted as having so much promise.

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