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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Ethiopian Marathoner Who Protested Against His Govt During the Olympics Is Now In The US

Feyisa Lilesa, the Ethiopian marathoner who crossed his arms in anti-government protest at the finish line during last month’s Rio Olympics, has arrived in the United States. The silver medalist did not return home after the games ended saying he feared for his life.

“If not kill me, they will put me in prison,” Lilesa said at the time.

The athlete’s protest gesture drew attention to the unrest that has rocked Ethiopia since November last year. Members of the Oromo community have been protesting against the government, demanding land reform and an end to human rights violations. More recently, the Amhara community joined in on the demonstrations over land rights too. 

Together, the two communities make up 61% of the country’s population, signifying a growing problem for Ethiopia’s regime. Human rights organizations estimate that more than 500 people have been killed by security forces in the demonstrations so far.

Following his protest gesture, the 26-year-old runner receivedworldwide attention. A fundraising campaign, which was set up to support him and his family, surpassed its intended goal of $150,000. The Ethiopian government also promised to welcome him back into the country as a “hero.”

Sources knowledgeable of the athlete’s situation told Quartz that he will hold a press conference next week in Washington DC.

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  1. Oga no go back lol Welcome him back as a hero indeed.... miss hottie

  2. Really nice way to relocate, how I wish I can have the opportunity to do that as well. Tired of this country

  3. Chai see format

  4. Lmao, Auntie Stella won't kill me..

  5. My people he didn't use sense to relocate, Ethiopians are suffering,the government is killing its own people.a civil war is about to break out of the international government don't do something and true if Feyisa goes back to Ethiopia he will most probably be jailed and possibly eventually killed. he isn't lieing,i know this because I live abroad and I don't only follow the news,i have nothing less a dozen Ethiopian friends. It is Really bad over there people,Nigerians lets thank God our own no pass recession,and our government is not killing us en masse


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