“The security forces treat me in accordance with the law. I also continue to cooperate in the investigation and admit that I organize mass protests in Minsk”
These words belong to Roman Protasevic, who was detained on a plane landed with a fake bomb report in Belarus. The first video of the Belarusian opposition journalist in custody was reported in the press. In the video, Protasevic made a statement about his state of health and where he was.
“I am currently in detention center No. 1 in Minsk. I can say that I do not have any health problems, including the heart or any organs,” Protasevic said. said. The short video was on the agenda of social media.
Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tihanuskaya suggested that Protasevic was under physical and moral pressure. The detention of Protasevic was met with great reaction around the world.
The European Union discussed the issue at the leaders’ summit in Brussels. Accused of “hijacking”, Belarus was severely condemned. In the draft shared by the authorities, Belarusian airlines were asked to ban EU airspace and airports.
A consensus was reached to impose new sanctions that would include Belarusian officials. The leaders also called for an investigation to the International Civil Aviation Organization.