Soap actor Znah-Bzu Tsegaye flees Ethiopia

by Selam

Znah-Bzu Tsegaye in Sew Le SewImage copyright
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The actor is the latest high-profile Ethiopian to flee the country

Prominent Ethiopian actor Znah-Bzu Tsegaye has sought asylum in the US after leaving the country about two months ago, he told Voice of America.

The actor was in a weekly soap opera Sew Le Sew on state television.

He left because of “repeated harassment and for being Amhara” reports the opposition Zehabesha website.

Human Rights Watch says security forces killed at least 100 people at protests in the Amhara region in August but the government denies this.

In an interview with Voice of America’s Amharic service, the actor said the Ethiopian security forces had carried out “atrocious actions” and he had decided not to return home until the “regime is changed”.

“It is sad to respond with bullets to people’s demand for their rights,” he added.

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