Belarus forced landing of Ryanair flight carrying journalist

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Yesterday Ryanair Flight FR4978 took off from Athens, Greece at 9:29 a.m. native time in the direction of its vacation spot in Vilnius, Lithuania. However as flight FR4978 was about to exit Belarus airspace the flight all of a sudden made a pointy proper flip and headed to Minsk, escorted by a MiG-29 fighter ship from the Belarus army, reports Bloomberg.

When FR4978 touched down in Minsk, two of its passengers, journalist Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend, Sofia Sapega, have been promptly escorted off the aircraft and arrested by Belarusian police. Protasevich is a Belarusian journalist in exile who has been extremely essential of the Belarusian president, Alexander Lukashenko. Protasevich runs the favored Nexta Telegram channel, which performed a key function in organizing protests in opposition to Lukashenko final yr.

After Protasevich and Sapega have been escorted from Flight FR4978, it was allowed to take off once more and proceed to its unique vacation spot, in keeping with an announcement from Ryanair.


Nonetheless, as soon as the implications of what occurred turned clear, Ryanair launched one other assertion:

The response to the diversion of Flight FR4978 from western leaders has been swift, with some calling the act “state terrorism” by Belarus.

Nonetheless, some of the social media response has been a bit totally different. Whereas social media posts have normally strongly condemned the diversion of Flight FR4978 and the arrests of Protasevich and Sapega, some reporters and human rights activists are saying the outrage from the European Unions and the US over the diversion of Flight FR4978 is hypocritical.

As of the time of this writing, it’s unknown what the standing of Protasevich and Sapega are.