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
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
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
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
By Estifanos Marko,
Here is this comical corporate media taking it over 26hours before it finally decides to write the biggest story at the Olympic Marathon where Silver Medalist, Feyisaa Lilesa show a sign of protest at the finish line.
Despite the fact that the BBC was televising the Olympic Marathon Live and knew exactly what that X-armed protest meant, it is certain that it had made a conscious decision to muffle it up.
The BBC commentator Brendon Rogers, who, as the official promoter of Ethiopian athletics, is personally very familiar with the athletes themselves let alone with Lelisa’s protest sign against brutal human right abuse in Ethiopia. Continue reading BBC, the Comical State Media Playing Catch Up
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