Ethiopian Paralympian Medallist Reprimanded for Political Protest

Tamiru Demisse won silver in the 1500 meters T13 at Rio Paralympics, and used the opportunity to protest against the Ethiopian government. In August, Olympic marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa made the same gesture after his silver medal run in Rio. 

 



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Marathon medallist Feyisa Lilesa was the first Ethiopian athlete to show his support by crossing his arms - the protests are against the Ethiopian government's privatisation of certain areas of land, and plans to expand the area of the capital Addis Ababa further into Oromo land.