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Ethiopian Paralympic runner crossed the finish line with a protest gesture at Rio Paralympics

An Ethiopian Paralympic runner crossed the finish line with a protest gesture. Ethiopian Paralympic runner Tamiru Demisse crossed his arms above his head in a political protest as he went over the finish line in Rio. Tamiru came in second in his 1500m T13 race for visually impaired runners.

The gesture refers to protesters from the Oromo ethnic group in Ethiopia who have been involved in months of demonstrations as they demand greater political rights. It echoed the one made by compatriot Feyisa Lilesa at the end of the Olympic marathon. 


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