Belarus has been accused of hijacking a European passenger plane and engaging in “state terrorism”, after it forced a Ryanair flight to perform an emergency landing in Minsk and arrested an opposition blogger, who is critical of the country’s authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko.

The Ryanair plane had been flying from Greece to Lithuania when it was diverted to the Belarusian capital, where the journalist Roman Protasevich was detained by police. State media in Belarus said the plane was forced to land because of a bomb scare.

There’s been a chorus of condemnation across Europe. The British foreign secretary said the action by the Belarusian authorities would have “serious implications”.

Mishal Husain presents BBC News at Ten reporting by diplomatic correspondent James Landale.

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24 thoughts on “Outrage as Ryanair plane “hijacked” by Belarus to arrest dissident journalist – BBC News”
  1. You seem to be more angry about lying to the airlines then this journalists life being in serious danger.

  2. We need to isolate politically and economically. Completely close all the borders to EU, close air crossings, send out all diplomats and freeze all bank accounts. This is not acceptable State act of terror against civilians.

  3. We live in a country with no freedom of speech and where the Nazis turn up your door to “check your thinking” over tweets. Don’t think we are in a position to criticise or talk about authoritarians.

  4. Knowing Ryanair, they'll probably bill the remaining passengers with a surcharge to cover the cost….

  5. ah yes, using a fighter jet because there might be a "bomb" aboard the plane. makes sense

  6. Piracy in EU.
    Legal implications, prob none.
    This behaviour should be quashed.

  7. Because Belarus life totally normal there since this scamdemic started because they're not buying into The Great Reset shite. So I suppose the media will class them as terrorists

  8. This is terrible. But why I’m not surprised. Globalists doing what they want ! And normal working class people thinking it’s just happened randomly. 🤦🏼‍♀️

  9. There is no doubt that as you read this, Mr Protasevich is being subjected to torture and inhumane treatment by Belorussian police which equals to Nazi Gestapo in it’s severity and cruelty. There is a strong possibility that he could lose his life.

  10. I wonder, why lucashenko has called been "a president", even if 'authoritarian'. He is not a president at all. Few elected him. The true president is Timoshenko. He is dictator seised the power. So, BBC should call him in this way

  11. Planes should be prohibited from flying over Belarus from now on and Belarusian planes should be prohibited from EU airspace. Close the borders and curtail all trade. Prohibit anyone associated with or related to those associated with the government there from stepping foot in EU or other western nations. Seize all assets as damages until the hijacking is undone and the kidnapped journalist is released.

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