In order to arrest a journalist criticizing the government in Belarus, a flight from Lithuania to Greece was diverted and forced to land in Minsk. The European Union and US President Joe Biden have also condemned it for this action. Blogger Roman Protsevich told his friends in Athens that he was being followed. He was very nervous when the flight was being taken towards Minsk.
He gave his mobile phone and laptop to his girlfriend. At the same time, he kept pleading with the flight attendant to stop the flight of the flight. He had said, “Don’t do this.” Those people will kill me. I am a refugee. ” In response, the flight attendant told them that the landing would have to be done as there was no other option available. Other passengers aboard the flight have given details of this conversation.
Roman Protasevich organized several protests against the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, via Telegram app. Lukashenko is the President of this country of Eastern Europe adjacent to Russia for the last 27 years. Protasevich’s girlfriend Sophia Safeja was also taken into custody. He was told that he had been sentenced to death in Belarus. He was living as a refugee in Lithuania.
He had told friends that a bald Russian-speaking man is following him, holding a leather suitcase in his hand. The person also tried to take pictures of their documents. He messaged a friend and described it as suspicious. Belarus diverted it by saying that Protacevich had a bomb on the plane, and then sending it with a MiG-29 to the desired location Landed.
Please tell that Alexander Lukashenko is also called the last dictator of Europe. He suppressed the protests organized against his government last year, which led to a number of international sanctions on Belarus. Aviation Company ‘Reyanair‘CEO Michael O’Leary has described itself as’ state sponsored hijacking’. Protasevich went to cover the speech of an opposition leader from Belarus in Greece, who himself is living in exile.
.@JamesShotter and I profiled Roman Protasevich:
“My son was always someone who had a strong reaction against lies,” his father Dmitry Protasevich told the FT. “The whole problem is that the authorities are scared of even the tiniest freedom of speech”https://t.co/zqEJWU7sRr
– max seddon (@maxseddon) May 24, 2021
Roman Belarus was accused of terrorism and rioting in Belarus. He left the country in 2019 due to the threat of his life. When the plane was forcibly landed, it was closer to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania than to Minsk. He and his girlfriend were also searched. The security personnel from Belarus, accompanied by guard dogs, collected the rest of the passengers in one place and then caught them both.
US President Joe Biden called it a heartless action, saying it is a shameful attack not only on political dissent, but also on media freedom. The European Union has called for further action by imposing several economic sanctions on Belarus after this incident. EU agreed to break ties with Belarus Have made. Hundreds of political activists have been arrested by the Lukashenko government, whose release is being sought.