Belarus: Regime media airs more footage of abducted journalist

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Detained journalist Raman Pratasevich appeared on Belarusian state television on Thursday, tearfully confessing to his role in anti-government protests in an interview which the opposition said was made under duress. In his third appearance since his Ryanair plane was forced to land in Belarus by the authorities on 23 May, Pratasevich admitted to plotting to topple President Alexander Lukashenko by organising ‘riots’ and recanted earlier criticism of the veteran leader. … At the end of the 1.5-hour interview broadcast by Belarus state-run channel ONT on Thursday evening, Pratasevich began crying and covered his face with his hands. The 26-year-old’s father, Dmitry Pratasevich, said that the video was the result of ‘abuse, torture and threats.'” (06/04/21)