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Teddy Afro, a political symbol Print E-mail
Written by Los Angeles Times   
Monday, 11 August 2008

Teddy Afro ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA -- Sequestered in a dank prison cell here, Ethiopia's biggest music star awaits trial in a deadly hit-and-run case that has galvanized the nation.

Fans say the singer, also known as Teddy Afro, is being framed because of his music's perceived anti-government message.  Teddy's controversial incarceration has spurred small protests, a rarity in this tightly controlled Horn of Africa country, and is fast becoming a national symbol of what some call Ethiopia's latest democratic backsliding.

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