Dutch airline KLM to stop flying over Belarus after Rutte condemns the country

The Dutch airline won’t fly over Belarus after the Belarusian authorities pressured a Ryanair flight to land on Sunday. The airplane was grounded as a consequence of a defective bomb risk, however was really used to arrest journalist Roman Protasevich.

Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, known as for KLM to stop flights over Belarus yesterday. He referred to the pressured touchdown of the Ryanair flight in Minsk as “unacceptable and unprecedented”, RTL Nieuws reviews. The German airline Lufthansa has additionally stopped flights passing over Belarus.

Why was the Belarusian journalist arrested?

Roman Protasevich is a Belarusian journalist, blogger, and activist. He’s the founding father of the information channel Nexta, which has over two million followers. It reviews on numerous points together with mass demonstrations in opposition to Belarusian president Lukashenko’s regime.

Because the journalist’s arrest, the regime has launched footage of Portasevich confessing to attending protests in Belarus. Many consider he was coerced into confessing. Based on the NOS, his personal channel, Nexta, reviews that the journalist has been hospitalised.

He presently faces the demise penalty for his “crimes.” Under you may see the footage of his confession. The marks on his face recommend indicators of bodily coercion.

Worldwide outcry

Governments of assorted international locations have additionally spoken out in opposition to Protasevich’s arrest. The Italian International Ministry has known as his arrest a “kidnapping”, whereas the president of the European Council referred to it as an “worldwide scandal.”

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel has known as for Protasevich to be launched instantly, the NOS reviews.

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