Ethiopia arrests top opposition leader after European Parliament speech

ADDIS ABABA, Ethi­o­pia — A top opposition politician from Ethiopia’s restive Oromo ethnic group was arrested after he spoke out against the country’s state of emergency in front of the European Parliament, a colleague said Thursday.

Police arrested Merera Gudina and three others from his home in Addis Ababa late Wednesday shortly after his return from Europe, which included a Nov. 9 speech in front of the European Parliament in which he said tens of thousands have been arrested under the state of emergency.

“We don’t know his whereabouts,” Beyene Petros, head of the Medrek coalition of opposition parties that includes Gudina’s Oromo Federalist Congress, told The Washington Post. “In terms of political leadership, he has been around and operating above board, peacefully.” Dr Merera Gudina (center) flanked by Dr Berhanu Nega (left), who is sentenced to death in absentia as leader of Patriotic Ginbot 7 and Olympian Feyisa Lilesa who protested at Rio Olympic

Games against the Addis Ababa regime. All three of them were invited by the European Union

to testify over the political turmoil in Ethiopia

spokesman Negeri Lencho said he had no information about the arrest.