Medallist Feyisa Lilesa Refuses To Return Home After Rio Game As He Fears For His Life

Date: 26-08-2016 1:24 pm (7 years ago) | Author: CLARA JANCITA
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A successful Ethiopian long distance runner has refused to go back home after winning sliver at the just concluded Rio 2016 as he fears for his life.  A victorious long distance Ethiopian athlete, Feyisa Lilesa, has refused to return to his country after winning silver at the just concluded Rio 2016 Olympics. It is now reported that the male marathon silver medalist skipped his flight to Addis Ababa on Monday night, August 22.
 
The runner said he is afraid he might be killed. This is after the government said he would not be punished for taking a stand over political suppression in his country. After finishing second in the long distance event crossed his arms as he leap over the finishing line in a symbolic protest.
 
He again protested with the same sign during the medal ceremony, saying he was afraid to go back home and hitherto was protesting to support his family who were illegally detained for speaking out against the atrocities of the ruling regime.
 
The 26-year-old athlete crossed his arms above his head at the finish line on Sunday and did so again at a postrace awards ceremony, a gesture used to condemn the government’s violent crackdown on protests in the East African nation’s Oromo region, from where he hails.
The Ethiopian government subsequently said Lilesa would be given a hero’s welcome and not face any punishment, but he is apparently taking no chances, with reports suggesting he may try to seek asylum in the U.S, TIME reports.
 
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“I was protesting for my people,” Lilesa said. “It was for all my relatives in prison. I am worried to ask my relatives to talk in prison – if you talk you get killed.”

 
He revealed that his reason for protesting was to draw attention of the world to the government’s ongoing persecution of the Oromo’s.
 
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“If I go back to Ethiopia, maybe they will kill me. If I am not killed, maybe they will put me in prison. If they do not put me in prison, they will block me at airport,” he said. “I have got a decision. Maybe I move to another country.”

 
The Oromo community, who have been disenfranchised for decades, constitute over a third of Ethiopia’s population.
 
With tension rising recently from Government initiative to forcefully acquire the community’s farmland over development, the Oromo’s staged a protest where hundreds lost their lives.


Posted: at 26-08-2016 01:24 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
- senatordee01 at 26-08-2016 01:39 PM (7 years ago)
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hmmmm,  why government are tormenting their citizens all because of power?
Posted: at 26-08-2016 01:39 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- emytex74 at 26-08-2016 01:43 PM (7 years ago)
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Nawaaa oooo Africans with their dirty politics
Posted: at 26-08-2016 01:43 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- gogoman at 26-08-2016 02:20 PM (7 years ago)
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only black people !
Posted: at 26-08-2016 02:20 PM (7 years ago) | Grande Master
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- EDDYPRINCE at 26-08-2016 02:21 PM (7 years ago)
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AFRICA AND PROBLEM
Posted: at 26-08-2016 02:21 PM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- vicklove at 26-08-2016 02:23 PM (7 years ago)
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hmmmmm may God help you
Posted: at 26-08-2016 02:23 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- morgan1 at 26-08-2016 02:43 PM (7 years ago)
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Dont go back home oo,,,better u see 4 asylum somewhere else,,,
Posted: at 26-08-2016 02:43 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- Slimchery at 26-08-2016 02:59 PM (7 years ago)
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why African leaders dey abuse their power, just sign of freedom wey this guy display come be another thing, na wah ooh
Posted: at 26-08-2016 02:59 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- freethinker at 26-08-2016 03:03 PM (7 years ago)
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GOOD MOVE
Posted: at 26-08-2016 03:03 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- yawa_don_gas at 26-08-2016 03:35 PM (7 years ago)
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Yawa no dey fear
Posted: at 26-08-2016 03:35 PM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- CHRISETTE at 26-08-2016 03:39 PM (7 years ago)
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Na so so bad story dey pop out of africa
Posted: at 26-08-2016 03:39 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- yawa_don_gas at 26-08-2016 03:43 PM (7 years ago)
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Na so we take c am, yawa Africa
Posted: at 26-08-2016 03:43 PM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- kison at 26-08-2016 04:20 PM (7 years ago)
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JUST CONTINUE TO BE CAREFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL……………………………….
Posted: at 26-08-2016 04:20 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- yawa_don_gas at 26-08-2016 04:29 PM (7 years ago)
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For yawa things
Posted: at 26-08-2016 04:29 PM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- elchymo at 26-08-2016 06:38 PM (7 years ago)
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Abeg, ur own go better oo if USA go fit grant you asylum. Don't go back oo.  Angry Angry
Posted: at 26-08-2016 06:38 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- yawa_don_gas at 26-08-2016 06:41 PM (7 years ago)
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Na so u c am Roll Eyes
Posted: at 26-08-2016 06:41 PM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- horizontal at 26-08-2016 07:01 PM (7 years ago)
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POOR GUY
Posted: at 26-08-2016 07:01 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- yawa_don_gas at 26-08-2016 07:15 PM (7 years ago)
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Yawa
Posted: at 26-08-2016 07:15 PM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Trueyarn at 27-08-2016 08:19 AM (7 years ago)
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This is madness,this medal stuff nid to be address by U.N..
Posted: at 27-08-2016 08:19 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- sandler at 27-08-2016 08:51 AM (7 years ago)
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WASTED GENERATION
Posted: at 27-08-2016 08:51 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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