Lukashenko Defiant as UN Security Council to Meet Over Belarus

Father Of Arrested Belarus Blogger Says Son'Physically Harmed

"A free press is essential to a functioning democracy, and the United States has called for his immediate release".

The move comes after Boris Johnson warned the treatment by Belarus of a captured journalist and prominent government critic would "have consequences".

The speech to parliament will be the first time the Belarusian leader has spoken in public since Sunday's rerouting of a Ryanair flight to Minsk and the subsequent arrest of opposition journalist Roman Protasevich.

A 30-second video of Protasevich was broadcast by state television late Monday, in which he confirmed that he was in prison in Minsk and "confessed" to charges of organising mass unrest. Dudich said she had not spoken to Protasevich, 26, and that her daughter had been in a relationship with him for less than six months.

He tweeted: 'The video of Roman Protasevich makes for deeply distressing viewing.

"Of course, this is the main thing which I fear now", she said.

Ryanair's CEO, Michael O'Leary, on Monday condemned Belarus' actions, telling the Irish radio station NewsTalk "this was a case of state-sponsored hijacking".

Biden on Monday said he supported the EU's push to sanction Belarus and called for Protasevich's immediate release, adding that his administration would "develop appropriate options to hold accountable those responsible, in close coordination with the European Union, other allies and partners, and global organizations".

European Union leaders also asked member states to suspend operating permits for Belarus's national airline Belavia.

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Lukashenko and his allies are already under a series of Western sanctions over a brutal crackdown on opposition protests that followed his disputed re-election to a sixth term last August. "The problem is the terrorist regime that rigged elections a year ago".

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey told Sky News: 'I don't think it would come as any surprise (if the statement had been coerced). But I'm not in a position to tell you exactly what our latest intelligence is on the coercion or not of this.

"Most leaders of Belarus' political parties have been either jailed or forced to flee the country", said Ales Bialiatski, head of the Viasna human rights centre.

Speaking in the early hours of Tuesday in Brussels, European Council president Charles Michel said the events were "unacceptable, shocking and scandalous".

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has suggested Russian Federation could have been involved with the operation to divert the plane on Sunday.

He said it was "very hard to believe" the seizure of Mr Protasevich from the flight could have taken place "without at least the acquiescence of the authorities in Moscow". The spokesperson for the U.N.'s human rights office, Rupert Colville, said Pratasevich's appearance was likely not voluntary and that he seemed to have bruising to his face, though it was hard to tell from the footage.

In Minsk, many welcomed the European flight bans, saying Belarusians were largely unable to travel anyway and more pressure was needed for change.

'It was clear it appears that the intent of the Russian authorities was to remove a journalist and his travelling companion.

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