Ethiopia says protesting marathoner to be welcomed as hero

August 22, 2016 12:52 PM

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Ethiopia says the marathon runner who made an anti-government gesture at the Rio Games while approaching the finish line will not face prosecution upon his return home.

The government statement came shortly after Feyisa Lilesa told reporters that he may be killed or imprisoned if he ever goes back to Ethiopia. He called protesting inside the country "very dangerous."

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