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Roman Protasevich was pulled off a passenger plane that was forced to land on Sunday in Minsk. Airlines shunned Belarus’s air space on Tuesday and Belarusian planes could soon be banned from Europe, potentially isolating the land-locked country apart from its border with Russia, after it forced down a jetliner and arrested a dissident journalist. A video released overnight showed 26-year-old Roman Protasevich confessing to having organized anti-government demonstrations. On Sunday he was pulled off the passenger plane that was forced to land in the Belarusian capital Minsk. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the video made for distressing viewing and exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said that the video left no doubt that Protasevich had been tortured. “He said that he was treated lawfully, but he’s clearly beaten and under pressure. There is no doubt that he was tortured. He was taken hostage,” she told a news conference in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. In a tweet, Johnson said Belarus’s actions “will have consequences.”

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