The Belarusian President Lukashenko is not for nothing called Europes last dictator. Over the past year, he has pinned or mouthkilled opposition members in his country, hit protests hard and arrested thousands of people.
In May, the arrest of the journalist Roman Protasevich came on top of that, which led to great indignation internationally. The Ryanair flight he was sitting on was diverted to Belarus, where he was picked off board. Whoevers against Lukashenko is nowhere safe, was the signal.
Newshour reporter Gert-Jan Dennekamp spoke Protasevich about his fight against Lukashenko last year. Dennekamp tells in the podcast why he makes the dictator so nervous. And also how many other activists and journalists are doing. The Belarusian Ilya Shcharbitski, who has lived in the Netherlands for eighteen years, tells how he too struggles with what he can and cannot say about Lukashenko.
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