Saturday, July 4, 2015
Their concern is that his trip this month — the first by a sitting American president — will send the wrong message and bolster a regime that has intimidated opponents, manipulated elections and sent dozens of journalists to prison.
“Mr. Obama is supporting a dictatorship and giving legitimacy to tyranny,” declared Serkalem Selassie, 39, a refugee in Arlington, Va.
For Selassie, a former newspaper publisher who fled her homeland and now works at a parking garage, the anger is deeply personal. Her husband, journalist Eskinder Nega, is in prison serving an 18-year sentence for treason.
Obama’s trip will underscore the delicate balancing act of U.S. relations with the Addis Ababa government, a crucial ally in a volatile region.
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