Ethiopian Marathoner May Have Put His Life In Danger With This Gesture
Simply making one gesture with his arms could have cost Feyisa Lilesa his freedom or even his life if he returns to Ethiopia.By Briana Altergott | August 22, 2016
Like many other Olympic athletes have in the past, Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa made a gesture when he crossed the finish line in Rio Sunday night.
But simply making that sign with his arms could have cost the silver medalist his freedom or even his life if he returns home.
He told reporters after the race: "I was protesting for my people. ... If I go back to Ethiopia, maybe they will kill me. If I am not killed, maybe they will put me in prison."