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Feyisa Lilesa has Nothing to Fear After Olympic Protest: TPLF

Olympic Protest
Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa crossed his arms above his head at the finish line of the Men’s Marathon event as a protest against the Ethiopian government’s crackdown on political dissent on August 21. Ethiopian government spokesperson says Feyisa has nothing to fear.

By Thom Patterson | for CNN,

Olympic marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa has nothing to fear because of a protest gesture he displayed as he crossed the finish line, Ethiopia’s communication minister said Monday.

Lilesa won a silver medal Sunday with his arms crossed over his head in a sign of solidarity for his native Oromo people — the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia.

Lilesa said he wanted to draw attention to the government’s ongoing persecution of the Oromos, but he feared that his protest had put himself into such danger that he can’t go home. Continue reading Feyisa Lilesa has Nothing to Fear After Olympic Protest: TPLF