The New Paper

May 24, 2021

Belarus diverts flight, arrests journalist

Belarus authorities forced a plane flying between Greece and Lithuania to land and arrested an opposition journalist onboard. The move drew widespread international condemnation, including a statement from US Secretary of State Blinken yesterday (source).

More context: Belarus experienced widespread protests last year after longtime authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko declared victory in a presidential election that critics (including the EU) say was illegitimate.
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