Bloggers and reporters Protasevitsj, Rome Has become the focus of diplomatic disputes.On Saturday, the Belarusian authorities approved a Ryanair passenger flight from Athens to Vilnius Diverted For his arrest.It leads to furious reaction. Who are the opponents of President Lukashenko?
The young journalist has been a familiar face of the Belarusian opposition for many years, and there was no other president besides him in Lukashenko’s 26-year life. Since 2011, he has led several protest movements, which have led to many prosecutions.
Therefore, since 2019, he has been operating in Poland and Lithuania. From there he leads the telegram channel Nexta, which is an opposition channel, a big part Participated in a large-scale demonstration organized by thousands of Belarusians last year. For example, the channel shared videos of police brutality taken by Belarusians on the street.
Protasevich confessed yesterday A video He was guilty of mass riots, but his father believed that he said these things under duress:
The Nexta editorial office is based in Warsaw, Poland. When Belarus was paralyzed, the Internet continued to grow. The channel has more than 2 million members from nearly 9.5 million Belarusians.
Since November, Protasetvich has been listed by the Belarusian Secret Service (KGB) as a person “involved in terrorist activities”. He was accused of organizing demonstrations and riots in Minsk and inciting hostilities against the authorities and the police. He faces several years in prison for being included on the terrorist list.
Always on the front line
Saturday’s arrest was not his first. Since 2011, Protasevich has been arrested almost every year for participating in radical actions. This made him lose his place in the journalism course of the Belarusian State University.
However, the work of young Belarusians has not been neglected. The Václav Havel journalism scholar scholarship was named after the famous Czech dissident as president, awarded him a scholarship and trained him in Prague. This prepares Protasevich for journalism.
CNN Talk to a reporter who was also trained by Protasevich. Franak Viacorka, now an adviser to the leader of the Belarusian opposition leader Tikhanovskaya, described Protasevich as the bravest man in the demonstrations. “He has been on the front line, close to the police. He knows what he wants and is convinced of his mission.”
Describing the truth in Belarus is dangerous, so Protasevich finally decided to start business from a neighboring country. In Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, he met his girlfriend: Russian law student Sofia Sapega, who was picked up on the plane at the same time as him.
In September last year, Protasevich left Nexta to manage another popular Telegram channel-Belamova-after the channel’s founder was arrested.One of his colleagues in Belamova described Protasevich’s CNN As “the soul of our channel”. A colleague who wants to remain anonymous said that he has set up a channel, so he can also run the channel without him.
It feels uncomfortable to see people being abused or gunshot wounds. I feel responsible for this to a certain extent.
According to his former classmate Franak Viacorka, Protasevich poses a threat to the regime because few people are able to integrate journalism with media activities well. “He can convey the message very clearly so that people immediately understand what is happening. He always challenges Lukashenko personally and therefore becomes Lukashenko’s personal enemy.”
Protasevich has personally experienced that the authorities have increasingly targeted him in recent months.and so Tweet At the beginning of this month, it was stated that the Lukashenko regime had decided to accept the military post of his father, who had served in the army for 29 years. “Fortunately, I took my parents to Poland eight months ago”, write he.
Protasevish told the BBC last year that his influence was uncomfortable. “It’s uncomfortable to see people being abused or gunshot wounds. I feel a certain degree of responsibility for this.”
The activities of the 1920s also changed the lives of his parents. Despite this, they announced yesterday that they would continue to support their son. “We hope he will survive.”