Detained Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich’s mother begs America, EU leaders to save him

The mother of detained Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich, Natalia Protasevich attends a press conference at the Belarusian House Foundation on May 27, 2021 in Warsaw, Poland.
The mother of detained Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich, Natalia Protasevich attends a press conference at the Belarusian House Foundation on May 27, 2021 in Warsaw, Poland.

The mother of detained Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich is begging the European Union and the United States to help free her son.

Natalia Protasevich and her husband, Dzmitry Protasevich, spoke about their son at a press conference at the Belarusian House Foundation in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, according to Radio Poland.

While asking for help from the EU and US, they also said their son has been tortured while in custody.

Roman Protasevich, one of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s most vocal critics, was detained on May 23 after being removed from a Ryanair flight and accused of terrorism and inciting anti-government riots.

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