commercial coffee farms. Similar protests took place in 2017.
Zelalem's brother Tsadiku Tadesse said he had been jailed eight times for his part in protesting against coffee investors in the district
Not everyone in Gera district is hostile to investors.
"Abana (coffee plantation) is very helpful to the local farmers," said Dagnachew Fiseha, who arrived in the district six years ago. "They've brought electricity and they come with free healthcare once a year."
Experts advocate alternative approaches such as participatory forest management, which gives associations of local farmers the right to continue making a living out of the forest while helping to stem deforestation.
Ethiopia’s southwestern forests are thought to be the country’s coffee’s birthplace.