We are living in a dictatorial state, a totalitarian state.
Seyoum Teshome is a lecturer, writer, blogger and frequent contributor to international media coverage of Ethiopian affairs. His blog, EthioThinkTank, discusses current issues, monitors the human rights situation in Oromia, and often holds the Government to account on human rights violations, especially following its crackdowns on protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions. On 21 August 2016, Seyoum Teshome contributed to a New York Times article, in which he stated in reference to Ethiopia: “We are living in a dictatorial state, a totalitarian state”. This comment was in relation to the marathoner, Feyisa Lilesa, who made a gesture of protest at the 2016 Olympics.