A Runner in Exile
May 2, 2017 12:04 PM   Subscribe

After winning the silver medal in the Rio marathon, Feyisa Lilesa engaged in a dramatic protest against the Ethiopian government's treatment of his Oromo ethnic group (previously). Today, he lives in Arizona, but he still feels like he has to watch his back because of his continued protests.
posted by kevinbelt (2 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I was chatting with an Ethiopian cab driver the other day and we were talking about politics, and he was telling me all the protesters in Ethiopia are paid protesters, they're just disaffected kids who politicians pay off to be there, and all the things they're complaining about are just fake and made to look Ethiopians and the government look bad to the international community. I thought it was kind of entertaining/depressing that one of universals of Ethiopian and US politics is conspiracy theories about who protests and why.
posted by ChuraChura at 12:58 PM on May 2, 2017 [1 favorite]

And the west is perfectly happy toprop up the bastard govt .
posted by smoke at 2:33 PM on May 2, 2017

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