'We'll get you out' says mother of detained journo

Speaking to reporters in Poland, Natalia Protasevich said "I want you to hear my scream, the scream of my soul, see my tears, understand how hard it is for us, how hard it is to comprehend this absurd situation."

Protasevich, a critic of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, is now in a Minsk jail along with Sofia Sapega, his girlfriend.

In a dramatic turn of events, a passenger plane carrying them back from a holiday in Greece to their homes in Lithuania was diverted to Belarus on Sunday after authorities there flagged what turned out to be a hoax bomb threat and scrambled a fighter jet to escort the plane to Minsk.

Protasevich, who did his first journalism aged 16, fled to Poland from Belarus in 2019 after feeling the heat from the authorities and ensured his parents relocated later too.

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