Opposition decries ‘hostage’ video as Belarus airs confession of detained journalist

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(Fixes misspelling) (Reuters) -Detained journalist Roman Protasevich appeared on Belarusian state television on Thursday, tearfully confessing to his role in anti-government protests in an interview which the opposition said was made under duress. In his third appearance since his Ryanair plane was forced to land in Belarus by the authorities on May 23, Protasevich admitted to plotting to topple President Alexander Lukashenko by organising “riots” and recanted earlier criticism of the veteran leader. “It’s painful to see ‘confessions’ of Raman Pratasevich. His parents believe he was tortured. …

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