“It is inconceivable that in the twenty-first century, Lukashenko’s regime used well-known methods of the most brutal Stalinist repression of the 1930s to 1950s against its opponents. We condemn these methods, which clearly do not belong to civilized Europe. We call for the immediate release of Raman Bratasevic and all political prisoners. Others are in Belarus, whose numbers are increasing exponentially every week. ”
Pratasevic appeared on Belarusian state television Thursday night, where he admitted to organizing anti-government protests in tears and said he respected President Alexander Lukashenko.
Bratasevic said that he gave the interview of his own free will. Bratisevich’s family and the opposition said the conversation took place under duress.
Belarusian security forces detained Pratasevic and his partner Sofia Sabiga on May 23 in Minsk after an emergency landing of a Ryanair plane, which was flying from Athens to Vilnius, Lithuania, with them and other passengers.
And the Czech diplomat warned, on Friday, that this had happened in violation of international law, and therefore she supports the proposal of new restrictive measures against Belarus in the European Council. She described it as important that the sanctions do not target ordinary Belarusian citizens, but rather target “exclusively Mr. Lukashenko and others responsible for helping keep his authoritarian regime in power through brutal repression.”
“On Wednesday I will meet with the representative of the Belarusian opposition, Svyatlana Sichanowska. We will discuss the situation in Belarus and of course the issue of Raman Pratasevic, Ihar Losek and other political prisoners,” Foreign Minister Yakub Kolhanik said.