Dr. Merera Gudina was arrested from Bole International Airport (Addis Ababa) by Ethiopian government authorities upon returning from abroad.
By Emmanuel Igunza (BBC Africa) |
Prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina, PhD, was arrested on Wednesday (Nov. 30) at the airport in the capital Addis Ababa, upon his arrival from Brussels.
The authorities have not divulged the reason for his arrest.
The meeting at the European Union attracted high-profile opposition figures, including Berhanu Nega, PhD, the leader of an outlawed group who is now in exile.
Also in attendance was Feyisa Lilesa, the Olympic marathon silver medalist, who brought months of protests to global attention in August when he raised his arms above his head in solidarity with Oromo activists.
Dr. Merera, who has been serving as the Chairman of Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), is no stranger to controversy and has previously served seven years in prison for opposing the former government of Mengistu Hailemariam.
He also took part in the overthrow of Ethiopia’s last emperor, Haile Selassie.
Source: BBC News
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