The imprisoned Belarusian journalist Roman Protashevich appeared at a press conference in Minsk today. He said he felt good and had not been beaten. The opposition believed that this was a new public appearance under duress. Four officials were sitting next to Protasevich, two of them in uniforms.
He said he was not forced to cooperate with the authorities and was in good health after being arrested last month. The Belarusian authorities forced a Ryanair plane to land in Minsk on May 23. After that, the critic of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and his girlfriend, Protashevich, were arrested.
“I’m fine. No one hits me, no one touches me,” he said.
“I know that I have caused damage not only to the country but to the world. I now want to do my best to correct this situation,” he added.
Since his arrest, Protasevic has appeared in front of the camera many times. He admitted that he had planned to organize a “riot” to overthrow President Alexander Lukashenko, and denied previous criticisms of the long-time leader of Belarus.
“This is not a press conference, but a scene from Kafka or Orwell,” said Frank Wei, an adviser to Svyatlana Tikhanovskaya, the opposition candidate for the presidential election last year. Yachoka wrote.
The authorities had previously stated that Protašević was an extremist who incited violence and insisted that the “confession” of opposition members on TV was voluntary.