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Der Silbermedaillengewinner im Marathon kreuzte beim Zieleinlauf seine Arme über dem Kopf, um gegen die Behandlung seines Volks der Oromo durch die Regierung in Addis Abeba zu protestieren. Wenn man über Demokratie spricht, wird man getötet.
Oder sie werfen mich ins Gefängnis", sagte Lilesa: "Es ist sehr gefährlich. Lelisa hatte im Marathon mit einer Zeit von mehr als eine Minute Rückstand auf Sieger Eliud Kipchoge aus Kenia ().
Gebru Gebremariam, of the Oromo Federalist Congress, told Reuters: “Merera arrived in Addis Ababa on Wednesday morning from a trip to Brussels, where he met members of the European Parliament.
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A popular stop on Ethiopia's tourist circuit, Gondar was also the scene of anti-government protests last year that led to the declaration of a nationwide state of emergency.
"The embassy recommends US citizens carefully consider whether travel to Gondar is necessary at this time," the embassy said in a statement.
An opposition leader from Ethiopia’s Oromo ethnic group has been arrested by the authorities after returning from a trip to Europe to discuss his country’s crackdown on political freedoms.
Some Oromo protesters fear that they will be forcibly evicted from their land as part of the rapid expansion of the capital, which they call a federal “master plan”.
A spokesman for Ethiopia's government had no immediate comment.
While Ethiopia has enjoyed rapid economic growth in recent years and falling poverty rates, protests erupted in 2015 by communities disenchanted with the government of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
The latest round of protests, now in their third week, has seen the federal government mobilise its Special Paramilitary Police units from other states, as well as army units, against the ethnic Oromo people, Ethiopia’s biggest ethnic group of about 25 million people out of a population of approximately 74 million.
The protests began last month in Ginci, a small town about 50 miles west of Addis Ababa.