Belarus accused of 'hijacking': BBC News Review 2022

August 30, 2022

Western countries have condemned Belarus for diverting a plane flying over its territory to arrest a Belarusian opposition journalist. EU leaders were due to discuss their response to what the union’s executive called a “hijacking” and the US state department said was “a shocking act”. Belarus scrambled a fighter jet to force the plane – bound for Lithuania – to land, claiming a bomb threat. Police came and took Roman Protasevich away when passengers disembarked. Learn vocabulary to talk about the news.

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Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
0:32​ – Story
2:27 – Headline 1:World leaders condemn Belarus for ‘hijacking’ Ryanair flight to arrest opposition activist
5:45 – Headline 2: AUS joins global outcry at Belarus over seizure of blogger from Ryanair flight
8:32 – Headline 3: Belarus forces emergency landing of Ryanair flight to arrest exiled journalist on board
10:04​​​​​​​​​​​​ – Language summary

The story
The Ryanair flight from Athens was approaching Lithuanian airspace when it suddenly changed direction. The airline says it was notified by Belarusian air traffic control of a potential security threat and told to divert to Minsk airport.

The defence ministry of Belarus even sent up a MiG-29 fighter jet to accompany the flight – and it says, to ensure it landed safely. But after an extensive search on board, nothing suspicious was found. Instead, Roman Protasevich, a well-known Belarusian opposition journalist, was arrested.

Key words and phrases

say publicly that something is morally wrong

• We must condemn acts of racism in order to stop it in the future.
• The government condemned the street violence.

strong expression of anger at an action

• There was an outcry after the school banned mobile phones.
• Following an outcry from fans, the writer changed the ending of her latest novel.

forced to live in another country for political reasons

• London in the 1800s was full of exiled political thinkers like Karl Marx.
• Living in exile can be a very lonely experience.

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  1. Reply
    BBC Learning English August 30, 2022 at 3:06 am

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  2. 🎫 The government should condemn acts of violence and jailed who do that.
    🎫 She felt outcry of her mother so she decided to travel to live abroad.
    🎫 The government exiled Saad Zaglol in Seychelles island.

  3. Im from Belarus 😕we are still suffering with the same terror inside our country.

  4. Reply
    Indian Education and mom August 30, 2022 at 3:06 am

    Hello from India neil and Casey .
    How are you doing today ?.have a good day .

  5. Totally useful these videos. I enjoy them so much. Good work, and salute from Brazil.

  6. Reply
    A Learner On YouTube August 30, 2022 at 3:06 am

    I condemn the rise in global warming.
    World leaders condemn the actions of america to withdraw army from Afghanistan.
    When people are getting plagued by government actions, we shall condemn them.

    Somebody please correct if i am wrong.

  7. Reply
    Антон Новиков August 30, 2022 at 3:06 am

    Every word in this video lesson concerning landing of the jet is a lie, except of English language itself.

  8. Reply
    ПАРТИЗАНСКИЙ ИНФОСПЕЦНАЗ August 30, 2022 at 3:06 am

    BBC correspondents are drunks and drug addicts!

  9. I never thought

  10. Thanks

  11. 1. We strongly condemn the military dictatorship and we have been still protesting the coup junta since February1 /2021.

    2.The whole citizen expressed massive outcry when the coup has done by junta régime.

    3. Famous ethic journalist exiled to Germany to avoid arresting and torturing by military terrorist group.

  12. Reply
    Sergio M F Valeriano August 30, 2022 at 3:06 am

    Hi! Outcry is used only when refering to a big amount of people or can I use fpr a single person ? A lone outcry

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  15. I have never met neil in man before.
    I have heard his sound on 6 minute learning English programme

  16. 3:08 So next time when I hear someone say "condemn…nuh", I'll say "DAMN" to let them know that the final consonant is silent.

  17. Hallo from Belarus!! We need help and solidarity!!

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  19. Nice work

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