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Ethiopia’s Oromo Youth Will No Longer Stay Silent

The Qubee generation is ready to fight on until either all Oromos are jailed, killed and exiled, or until everyone is free.

Ethiopia is strangling its own future under a violent, repressive surveillance society.

By Uju Okoye,

Mohammed Ademo, an Ethiopian journalist and editor of the OPride news platform, had a difficult time choosing the 2016 Oromo Person of the Year. In fact, Ademo admits in his end-of-year essay that he originally planned to write about Olympic athlete Feyisa Lilesa’s courage, and how Feyisa’s protest at the Olympic Games made visible the oppression of Oromo people that the world didn’t yet know it ignored. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Oromo Youth Will No Longer Stay Silent

Ethiopian Opposition Briefs Members of EU Parliament

Chairman of Patriotic Ginbot 7, Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress, and Rio Olympic medalist hearing at the European Parliament.

European Parliament hearing on the human rights situation in Ethiopia

By ESAT News,

Ethiopian opposition party representatives and marathon star Feyissa Lelisa on Wednesday briefed members of the European Parliament on the crises in Ethiopia urging EU member states to stop financing a brutal regime in Ethiopia.

The delegation includes Prof. Berhnu Nega, Chairman of Patriotic Ginbot 7, Merara Gudina, Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress, as well as Feyisa Lilesa, Rio Olympic silver medalist known worldwide for showing a protest gesture at the Olympic. Continue reading Ethiopian Opposition Briefs Members of EU Parliament

PM Hailemariam Blames Olympic Protest on U.S. Based Opposition Groups

“I strongly believe that groups of anti-government Ethiopians based in the United States convinced the athlete to use the Summer Games as a protest venue.” – PM Hailemariam Desalegn

By Siobhan O’Grady and Brian Stout | for Foreign Policy,

When Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa held his arms in an “X” as he crossed the finish line for a silver medal last month at the Rio Olympics, he says he was culminating a political protest he’d planned for months. But top Ethiopian officials say he was put up to the stunt by U.S. based opposition groups in order to protest the government’s crackdown on demonstrations and further fuel controversial secessionist movements at home and in neighboring Eritrea. Continue reading PM Hailemariam Blames Olympic Protest on U.S. Based Opposition Groups

From Rio to America, I will keep fighting Ethiopia’s oppression: Feyisa Lilesa

As he crossed the finish line in Rio, Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa made a statement of protest, honoring the plight of his people back home. Now fearing retribution for him and his family, Lilesa continues to speak out, despite an uncertain future.

By Feyisa Lilesa | for Washington Post,

On Aug. 21, when I reached the finish line of the men’s marathon at the Olympics in Rio, I crossed my fists above my head. This is sign of peaceful protest used by my people, the Oromo, for the past 10 months. I did it to raise awareness; hundreds of my fellow Ethiopians have been killed by security forces only because they peacefully protested against injustice. I knew there were millions of people watching the Olympics, and I wanted the world to see me. I want to tell the world what is happening in Ethi­o­pia — in Oromia, Amhara, Ogaden, Gambella and elsewhere. Continue reading From Rio to America, I will keep fighting Ethiopia’s oppression: Feyisa Lilesa

Quebec City Marathon Winner Replicates Olympic Medallist’s Political Protest

Ebisa Ejigu of Ethiopia performed a sign of protest against his home country’s government as he won the Quebec City Marathon on Sunday.

By Tim Huebsch,

Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia made headlines last Sunday when he finished second in the men’s marathon at the Olympics with his arms crossed above his head. The gesture, which was done in solidarity with the Oromo people’s anti-government protests in his home region, led Lilesa to say “If I go back to Ethiopia, they will kill me.”

On Sunday, the winner of the Quebec City Marathon crossed the finish line in an almost-identical fashion as Lilesa did one week earlier in Brazil. Ebisa Ejigu, who is from Addis Ababa, ran 2:30:40 to win the SSQ Quebec City Marathon and formed an “X” with his arms across the line and into the finisher’s zone. Continue reading Quebec City Marathon Winner Replicates Olympic Medallist’s Political Protest

An Olympic Protest is the Least of TPLF’s Worries

Security services are killing demonstrators by the hundreds. But instead of restoring order, the government is tearing itself apart. The surging anti-Tigrayan sentiment among protesters, coupled with the fact that many seek regime change, suggests that TPLF leaders fearing for their survival will double down on their heavy-handed approach rather than risk opening the floodgates. (Image: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

By William Davison | for Foreign Policy,

When Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa neared the finish line in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday and crossed his hands above his head, it wasn’t to celebrate the Olympic medal he was about to win. It was to protest his government’s violent crackdown on ethnic Oromos, who have died by the hundreds at the hands of Ethiopian security forces in recent months.

“The Ethiopian government is killing my people, so I stand with all protests anywhere, as Oromo is my tribe,” Lilesa said later at a news conference. “My relatives are in prison, and if they talk about democratic rights they are killed.” Continue reading An Olympic Protest is the Least of TPLF’s Worries