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BBC, the Comical State Media Playing Catch Up

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

Feyisa Lilesa has Nothing to Fear After Olympic Protest: TPLF

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

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

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