For the second time, Ukraine has arrested Chilean-American blogger Gonzalo Lira as he tried to seek asylum in Hungary. Lira was initially detained by Ukrainian intelligence in May for “pro-Russian sympathies” and videos that are critical of the war and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).
This is just another attempt by the ruling classes to show you that if you do not buy into their propaganda and support their wars, they will make sure you are forced to do so. Their agenda is the one they desperately need everyone to believe.
Unfortunately, since Lira was caught again, he face lengthy imprisonment, or even torture – given previous allegations which surfaced during his first detention. If you think the rulers of the United States will come to his aid supporting his free speech and the right to a free and open press, it is time to reevaluate. We are only slaves to them and once we step out of line, they have no more use for us. Lira has been shunned by the Biden administration and ignored by mainstream media. As ZeroHedge put it: Lira simply doesn’t have the “correct” viewpoint on the war, and thus Washington doesn’t bat an eye over his fate.
Watch an entirely legitimate question on Lira from a brave reporter get ignored in the State Department briefing room on August 1st:
The Grayzone’s @cosgrove_iv asked @StateDeptSpox today about the status of Gonzalo Lira, the US citizen who was jailed by the Ukrainian govt for challenging its official narrative of the war and whose Twitter account now claims he’s making a break for the Hungarian border pic.twitter.com/kc7NY6hkdt
— The Grayzone (@TheGrayzoneNews) August 1, 2023
On Tuesday, Lira posted multiple videos explaining that he was attempting to escape Ukraine to neighboring Hungary. He was due in a Ukrainian court this week, but essentially skipped bail and tried to make it across the Western border, where he was hoping to be granted asylum. His initial apprehension on May 1st by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) was for “producing and disseminating materials that justified the armed aggression” of Russia. This included a piece of analysis posted to YouTube called simply “Ukraine: A Primer”.
Lira had not been heard from in months through his typically active social media accounts after his initial arrest in Ukraine. He suddenly began posting again this week and documented his horrifying ordeal.
According to Lira, he was beaten and tortured because the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) wanted to extort his entire savings, which amounted to approximately $100,000 when considering the value of the confiscated computers and phones.
…Following his arrest, a judge ruled that he should remain in custody until the trial. Notably, in April 2022, Lira had been detained by the SBU before but was released after a week without any charges filed, likely due to public pressure. –First Post
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 1, 2023
Ukraine’s military issued a formal statement saying that Lira is, in fact, under arrest again.
Additionally, Mark Sleboda, an American political commentator and Navy veteran living in Russia reported the following on Wednesday: “I can affirm that Gonzalo Lira, wanted by the Kiev Putsch regime for the crime of criticizing it (aka as ‘free speech’), tried to escape the West-backed Kiev Putsch regime across the Ukrainian border into Hungary where he intended to request political asylum.
I can affirm that Gonzalo Lira @GonzaloLira1968 wanted by the Kiev Putsch regime for the crime of criticizing it (aka as "free speech"), tried to escape the West-backed Kiev Putsch regime across the Ukrainian border into Hungary where he intended to request political asylum. 1/2
— Mark Sleboda (@MarkSleboda1) August 2, 2023
“I can further affirm that Lira was stopped on the Ukrainian side of the border from crossing and has since disappeared, now for more than 24 hours,” Sleboda added. “That is the last that anyone has heard from him.”
UKRAINE SENDS OUT AMERICAN TRANNY TO REVEAL THE SBU HAS ARRESTED GONZALO LIRA FROM ATTEMPTING TO SEEK ASYLUM IN HUNGARY pic.twitter.com/1pgwjxW7je
— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) August 2, 2023