Political Activist Yonatan Tesfaye Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for His Facebook Posts

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Abbay Media News
Samuel Tafesse

Yonatan Tesfaye, the former Public Relations Officer of Semayawi Party, was sentenced to six years in prison for his Facebook posts criticizing the government. Yonatan was arrested for supposedly violating the anti-terrorism law that the Ethiopian regime enacted to persecute opposition party members.

Yonatan was charged with “promulgating Oromo Liberation Front’s ideology to provoke the public to protest against the government.” The charges are unfounded, but the government wanted to use the young politician to set an example so that others who speak out against the regime’s draconian tendencies can be intimidated.  

Yonatan is known to be a charismatic politician who wrote extensively against the Ethiopian regime’s declaration of the State of Emergency.