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    The family of Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich says he was coerced into making a confession on TV of organising anti-government protests.

    Mr Protasevich, 26, was arrested in Minsk last month after his flight to Lithuania was diverted.

    In a tearful appearance on state TV, he praised President Alexander Lukashenko and admitted attempting to topple him.

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