The family of the Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevic he claims he was forced to make a public apology on television and admit to organizing anti-government demonstrations.
The 26-year-old was arrested in Minsk last month, after the thriller with the flight to Lithuania turned at the last minute for Belarus.
Roman Protasevic: Tears on TV, Confession and Praise to Lukashenko
With tears in his eyes and visibly remorseful, Protasevic praised the president Alexander Lukashenko and confessed that she tried to overthrow him.
However, there were obvious signs on his wrists and human rights organizations say he was tortured. The Belarussian government has also listed him as a “terrorist”.
In a television interview Thursday afternoon, Protasevic clarified that he was speaking in the glass on his own initiative. He later said he had sharply criticized Lukashenko, but “I began to understand that he did the right thing and I certainly respect him.”
In the end he cried, saying he hoped to get married one day and have children.
The journalist’s father told AFP: “I know my son very well and I believe he would never say such things. They broke him and forced him to say what he needed. “
“It’s horrible to think of all the violence that Belarussian security forces would use to force Roman Protashevich to make this video. “He had to act as Evidence A in prosecuting President Lukashenko for torture and ill-treatment,” said Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch.