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Belarus opposition activists in new teddy bear protest

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 2 August 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Belarus opposition activists in new teddy bear protest, 2 August 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5022287ac.html [accessed 23 December 2014]
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August 02, 2012

Activists have placed several teddy bears in Minsk's city center with placards demanding the release of two activists arrested over a teddy-bear air drop last month.

On July 4, a Swedish plane flew over Belarus from neighboring Lithuania and dropped teddy bears over Minsk accompanied by texts supporting Belarusian dissidents and the country's opposition.

Anton Surapin was arrested for placing photos of the teddy bears on the Internet and Syarhey Basharymau was detained for providing Swedish organizers of the stunt with accommodation in Minsk.

The teddy bears placed by activists on August 2 were dressed in paratroopers' striped underwear, as in Belarus, Russia, and some other former Soviet countries, August 2 is marked as Paratroopers Day.

On July 31, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka sacked two top military officials over the incident.

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