48 hours after the dramatic arrest of a 26-year-old Belarusian journalist Roman Protassevich, surprise and fear caused the militants who had taken refuge in Vilnius, Warsaw, Kiev or Paris to grip.
In a video message broadcast in English on Tuesday, May 25, the leader of the Belarusian opposition exiled in Lithuania, Svetlana Tsikhanovskaya (Svetlana Tsikhanovskaya) Urge the international community to show solidarity on May 29 The protest movement began in Minsk a year ago against Alexander Lukashenko’s fraudulent re-election. Since then, the husband of the former presidential candidate is still struggling in prison, and hundreds of Belarusian citizens, opponents or simple demonstrators have been arrested, tortured, imprisoned or forced to flee abroad.
Within 48 hours of the dramatic arrest of Roman Protassevich, a 26-year-old Belarusian journalist, the KGB-still known as the Belarusian security service-did not hesitate to hijack a Ryanair plane in Minsk, which will Athens was connected to Vilnius, where it became a sensation among all the exiled opponents. The method used was due to the false bomb threat caused by the Palestinian movement Hamas, which allowed the shock wave to pass. The protest movement was strangled internally and is now clearly targeted and threatened outside the borders of Belarus.
“Through this incredible move, Alexander Lukachenko wants to expand the intimidation of the public, especially journalists.”, Accused the Secretary-General of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Christophe Deloire of going to Vilnius. On Tuesday night, the NGO announced that the leader of Belarus had filed a complaint with the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Lithuanian capital, which was the final destination of the intercepted flight. “Crime of Corruption for Terrorist Purposes”.
It is very exciting in this small Baltic country that hosts many Belarusian refugees. “After the hijacking incident, many people will feel unsafe even in foreign countries.”, Worried about Nastassia Jaumen. The freelance writer has lived in Lithuania for 15 years, especially working on the Belata website in Belarus. She pointed out that she has not yet returned to her home country to meet with her family. “More than a year”Because “risk”.
“The terrible story of the Roman Protassevich and more than 120 passengers who were taken hostage shows that the Belarusian militants cannot fully relax, and are even far from dictatorship.”, She went on, got a brief comfort from the facts “Minsk’s service is not as powerful as Russia’s FSB and is ubiquitous [ex-KGB russe] ». She changed her mind. “As we all know, Belarusian officials keep in touch with Lubyaka [siège du FSB à Moscou]. In theory, Russian agents can get in touch with people Lukashenko claims in any country.”