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Ethiopia: Top Oromo Opposition Leader Freed from Prison

HeadlineFeb 14, 2018
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In Ethiopia, a senior Oromo opposition leader has been released from prison, after protesters staged widespread demonstrations on Monday to demand his freedom. Bekele Gerba is the secretary general of the Oromo Federalist Congress. He was arrested in 2015 amid an uprising in Oromia over efforts to displace them from their land. After being released, Bekele Gerba called for the release of other Oromo political prisoners.

Bekele Gerba: “There are still thousands and thousands of people languishing in jail, so our release alone should not be considered as the release of all the Oromo from prisons, and you should not stop your struggle. Our struggle should not stop as long as there’s a single Oromo remaining in the prison.”

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