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  • Feyisa Lilesa: Ethiopian protest runner lands in the US

    Ethiopian Olympian Feyisa Lilesa, who said he wanted to seek asylum after making an anti-government gesture in Rio, has arrived in the US.

    The marathon runner crossed the line in second place with his arms above his head in solidarity with Oromo activists who are staging protests in Ethiopia.

    He repeated the gesture later at a press conference, saying his life would be in danger if he returned home.

    The government has been accused of brutally cracking down on protesters.

    The country's Information Minister Getachew Reda told the BBC at the time that he had nothing to fear and would be welcomed home as a hero.

    But speaking after the race, Mr Feyisa said he might be killed if he returned.

    "If not kill me, they will put me in prison. I have not decided yet, but maybe I will move to another country."

    His family later said that he wanted to seek asylum in the US.

    A funding campaign, which has now reached its $150,000 (£113,000) target, was set up to help pay his legal fees and support his family back home in Ethiopia.

    Mr Feyisa is from Oromia, home to most of Ethiopia's 35 million Oromo people, the country's largest ethnic group.

    The region has been hit by a wave of anti-government protests since November last year as people complain about social and political marginalisation.

    US-based rights group Human Rights Watch has said that more than 400 people have been killed by security forces during the demonstrations.


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  • Getaneh Kebede joins Dedebit FC

    (by EthioTime) Ethiopian national team forward, Getaneh Kebede, who was playing for South African side Pretoria University has signed new 2 years contract for Ethiopian Premier League side Dedebit FC at 3 million Birr, said sources.                                      




    Getaneh, who returned back to his old club, is one of African (AFCON 2017) qualifiers matches top goal scorers with 6 goals after netting the opening goal for the home side last Saturday against Seychelles.       




    The player signed the contact for 1.5 million Birr annual salary which calculates 125,000 Birr per month, 31,250 Birr a week or 4110 a day, according to sources.




    Image: Getaneh Kebede


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  • Ethiopia - grave concerns raised by US over the killing

    Ethiopia - grave concerns raised by US over the killing

    JUBA, South Sudan — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says her country has raised "grave concerns" about what it calls excessive use of force against protesters in Ethiopia.

    Ambassador Samantha Power spoke to reporters late Sunday as the U.N. Security Council ended a visit to South Sudan. It moves on to Ethiopia on Monday for talks with African Union officials.

    Power called the violence in Ethiopia "extremely serious" and called for a transparent and independent investigation. She said the U.S. has asked the government to allow people to protest peacefully.

    Ethiopia has seen months of sometimes deadly protests calling for wider freedoms, while the government has been accused of killings, beatings and internet blockages.

    The AU last week for the first time expressed concern about the recent unrest in its host country.

    Source: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/09/05/world/africa/ap-af-africa-security-council-visit.html

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