Biden calls Belarus plane diversion an 'outrageous incident'

Father Of Arrested Belarus Blogger Says Son'Physically Harmed

Lukashenko used the purported threat of a bomb Sunday aboard a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius, Lithuania, to force the jetliner to land in Minsk.

"He was on a plane registered in an EU country. and flying from an EU country to an EU country!"

The European Union has agreed to ban Belarusian airlines from the bloc and called on EU-based carriers not to fly over its airspace.

While branding the forced grounding of the Ryanair flight in Minsk unacceptable, the KKE said: "The people of Belarus themselves are the sole [people] responsible to choose their future and determine the political developments in their country, without foreign interventions that serve other purposes".

He tweeted: 'The video of Roman Protasevich makes for deeply distressing viewing.

"My treatment from officers has been maximally correct and according to the law. Also, I am continuing to cooperate with the investigation and to give a guilt confession to the charge of organizing mass disorder in the city of Minsk", he said.

But to his dad, Dzmitry Protasevich, the video appeared to be a result of coercion.

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary said the incident was a "state-sponsored hijacking" and claimed agents from Russia's KGB were on board the flight.

"They sent a fighter jet to get this young man!"

On the ground, Belarusian agents took Protasevich away and detained Sepega. Discussing whether the USA believed Russian Federation played a role in the forced landing and arrest of Protasevich, White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday said, "I did not give any indication that we had that view yesterday, and that has not changed. Belarus" actions will have consequences'.

Belarusian authorities meanwhile have continued to claim they were responding to a real bomb threat and acting to protect the passengers.

Belarus has a reputation for using intimidation and coercion to force confessions from political prisoners, as a 2018 report from the US secretary of state on human rights abuses in the Eastern European nation noted.

"Lukashenko will become an increasingly easy prey for the Kremlin", Alexander Klaskouski, an independent Minsk-based political analyst, told the Associated Press.

"We, the Soldiers of Hamas, demand Israel cease fire in the Gaza Strip", the message read by Sikorsky began, going on to demand the European Union stop supporting Israel.

European leaders have dismissed the Belarusian explanations, in fact, before Monday's summit, Germany's leader, Angela Merkel, called them "totally implausible". The channel has about 1.2 million subscribers.

Protasevich has left NEXTA and now runs his own popular blog.

After his detention, Raman Pratasevich was seen in a brief video clip shown on Belarusian state television late Monday, speaking rapidly to say that he was confessing to some of the charges authorities have leveled against him.

Protsevich's father Dmitry on Monday told Radio Free Europe he feared his son might be tortured in Belarus.

Natalia Protasevich, the mother of the journalist, said there was clear evidence that her son had been subject to violence, referring to footage released a day earlier from the Minsk pre-trial detention centre where he is being held.



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