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Sport and Resistance: Lilesa’s Brave Stand for Freedom in Ethiopia

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Feyisa Lilesa’s gesture at the Rio Olympics, as he neared the finish line and a silver medal, embodies strength, hope, courage, solidarity, and defiance, while poignantly illustrating the broader socio-political significance of sport.

By Fikrejesus Amhazion (PhD),

According to the late Nelson Mandela, the great South African anti-apartheid revolutionary who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, “Sport has the power to change the world.” It brings people together, offering unity and shared celebration.

At the same time, however, sport frequently serves as an important outlet for social and political resistance. Specifically, for those suffering oppression, discrimination, and despair, sport is often so significant because it provides a vital means of retaining humanity, dignity, hope, and inspiration. Continue reading Sport and Resistance: Lilesa’s Brave Stand for Freedom in Ethiopia

Ethiopian Feyisa Lilesa Wins Silver at Rio Olympics, Now Seeking Political Asylum

With the eyes of the world upon him, Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa used the stage of Sunday’s Olympic marathon in Rio to daringly protest his own government’s brutal killing of the Oromo people back home. (Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images)

By TesfaNews,

When he crossed the Olympics marathon finish line, Feyisa Lilesa raised his arms to form an “X.” Most of those who watched Lilesa’s spectacular silver medal performance didn’t know what that meant — or just how dangerous a protest they were watching.

That gesture is a peaceful protest made by the Oromo people, the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, 35 million, that has long complained about being marginalized by the country’s government. He was protesting the Ethiopian government’s brutal killing of hundreds of his Oromo people in response to widespread protests that began late last year. Continue reading Ethiopian Feyisa Lilesa Wins Silver at Rio Olympics, Now Seeking Political Asylum