Olympic athlete ‘could face death’


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Jun 27, 2016
"An Olympic marathon runner who won a silver medal in Rio ‘could face death’ for supporting a government protest in Ethiopia.
Feyisa Lilesa crossed his arms above his head as he came second place in the 26.2 mile race yesterday.

The symbol is a sign of solidarity for the people of Oromo in Ethiopia who are at risk of losing their homes as the government attempts to sell the farmland they live on.

But the athlete, who is a member of the tribe, claimed he may have to flee his country altogether after making the gesture at the Games.

At a press conference, Lilesa showed the sign again and said if the government ‘did not kill him’, they would ‘put him in prison’.

He said: ‘The Ethiopian government is killing my people so I stand with all protests anywhere as Oromo is my tribe.

‘My relatives are in prison and if they talk about democratic rights they are killed. I raised my hands to support with the Oromo protest."


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