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Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko, air pirate

On Sunday, May 23, a Ryanair airliner from Athens to Vilnius was hijacked by a fighter jet to Minsk, the capital of Belarus, on the pretext of a bomb threat.
On board, the Belarusian journalist Roman Protassevitch, an opponent of Alexander Lukashenko’s regime (and qualified as a “terrorist” by the latter), was arrested.
While Russia supports its Belarusian ally, Europe immediately reacted by closing its airspace to Belarus as a sanction and is asking, along with the United States, for an urgent investigation by the International Civil Aviation Organization, which is due to meet on Thursday 27 May.

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  • Chappatte (Suisse / Switzerland), Le Temps
    Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko, air pirate - Chappatte (Suisse / Switzerland), Le Temps
    "Aéroport de Minsk"
  • Hall (Etats-Unis / USA)
    Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko, air pirate - Hall (Etats-Unis / USA)
    "La censure de la presse, à la manière biélorusse..."
  • Chaunu (France), Ouest France
    Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko, air pirate - Chaunu (France), Ouest France
    "Well what? There was a Covid case on board!"
  • Hilal Özcan (Turquie / Turkey)
    Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko, air pirate - Hilal Özcan (Turquie / Turkey)
  • Joep Bertrams (Pays-Bas / The Netherlands), Le Monde
    Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko, air pirate - Joep Bertrams (Pays-Bas / The Netherlands), Le Monde
  • Kal (Etats-Unis / USA), The Economist
    Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko, air pirate - Kal (Etats-Unis / USA), The Economist
    "Lorsque Poutine et Loukachenko se rencontrent, leur salutation habituelle est un coup de poing... - Opposants"
  • Tjeerd Royaards (Pays-Bas / The Netherlands)
    Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko, air pirate - Tjeerd Royaards (Pays-Bas / The Netherlands)
    "Opposants politiques"
  • Maarten Wolterink (Pays-Bas / The Netherlands)
    Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko, air pirate - Maarten Wolterink (Pays-Bas / The Netherlands)
    "Vols reprogrammés - Biélorussie"
  • Lasserpe (France)
    Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko, air pirate - Lasserpe (France)
    "Belarus: European sanctions affect the population - Not a single plane flies over the country anymore... - And watching the planes go by is the only permitted distraction"
  • Kroll (Belgique / Belgium), Le Soir
    Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko, air pirate - Kroll (Belgique / Belgium), Le Soir
    "For the sanitary pass we understood well... - But we would like to be sure not to arrive in Minsk"
  • Chappatte (Suisse / Switzerland), Le Temps
  • Hall (Etats-Unis / USA)
  • Chaunu (France), Ouest France
  • Hilal Özcan (Turquie / Turkey)
  • Joep Bertrams (Pays-Bas / The Netherlands), Le Monde
  • Kal (Etats-Unis / USA), The Economist
  • Tjeerd Royaards (Pays-Bas / The Netherlands)
  • Maarten Wolterink (Pays-Bas / The Netherlands)
  • Lasserpe (France)
  • Kroll (Belgique / Belgium), Le Soir