Teddy Bear Invasion: Stuffed Animal Airdrop in Belarus Gets Two Officials Fired

Belarusian President Lukashenko admits that bears bearing pro-democracy messages were airdropped into Belarus and fires two generals over the stunt.

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An army of teddy bears descended on Belarus this weekend, but President Alexander Lukashenko really wanted to pretend it never happened. Unfortunately in this day of rapid-fire tweets, it’s rather hard to keep a teddy bear airdrop under wraps for long. Lukashenko, then, was forced to admit that the thousands of teddy bears that fell on his country were not just part of a bad dream.

A Swedish plane parachuted the bears over the town of Ivyanets, near the capital of Minsk, on July 4. The bears wore signs that read, “Belarus freedom” and “We support the Belarus struggle for free speech.” Belarus is considered to be the “last dictatorship in Europe” according to some, and the country has stagnated under Lukashenko’s authoritarian rule. After the bear drop, Belarusian defense forces earlier denied that the plane had flown over the country and called the story a provocation, Russia’s Ria Novosti news agency reports.

But now, Lukashenko has admitted the bears and the plane bearing the bears was real and he is less than thrilled that his air defenses failed to stop the plane. “How can you explain that a light aircraft, which not only crossed the border, but also with impunity, invaded the territory of the Republic of Belarus? It is first and foremost a matter of the safety of our citizens,” Lukashenko said, according to news agency Interfax as reported in USA Today. In response to the stunt, Lukashenko fired two senior officials over their failure to intercept the plane. A statement released Tuesday confirmed the leaders of Belarus’ air force and border guard service had both been canned.

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Perhaps Lukashenko should look to blame Studio Total, though: the Swedish ad agency has admitted to being behind the teddy bear invasion. According to the company’s website, the airdrop was inspired by one of the partners’ godfathers who was imprisoned and tortured in Greece during a junta 40 years ago. They performed the stunt pro bono on behalf of the pro-democracy group Charter 97. In a statement on their site, the agency made it clear that they alone funded and flew the plane. They added that violating the airspace “of a dictatorship” was dangerous. “We DO NOT support breaking of international law,” the company said. “But when it really comes down to it, the only law you should follow is your heart.”

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24 comments
lostam7
lostam7

The WAR of the TEDDY BEARS !

If you don't realize the REALITY of this ...

then notice that both countries have already thrown out the other country's embassy officials ... !

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Pam Buzbee
Pam Buzbee

lord almighty I knew someone would get obama into this.

Pam Buzbee
Pam Buzbee

love the teddy bear angle although the  leaders may start a drive to pull them out of toddlers arms

Steve Mielke
Steve Mielke

"As God is my Witness, I thought teddybears could fly..."

Benjamin Filbert
Benjamin Filbert

OMG! This is such propaganda. They weren't teddy bears. They were SMALL SOLDIERS!!

nallen
nallen

They might want to cover up their tail number next time.  

turtle999
turtle999

So these guys were fired for not shooting down an airplane full of teddy bears? Way to not look like a dictatorship.

vikingstork
vikingstork

 Hasn't anybody heard the phrase "fly under the radar" ? it's ludicrous, I served in the air force in communist Czechoslvakia, and we had to "protect" the borders with W Germany and Austria. There were numerous small planes escaping from the country, flying between hills, undetectable on the radar. If they were detected, they were already too far, already crossing border. Works the other way around too. Once inside, a small plane doesn't attract any attention, they take off from small fields, so suddenly they are on the radar. There are hundreds of them in the air all the time.

Adrian
Adrian

 Yes and rightfully so. If Libya did this to Israel you bet that plane would have been shot down

cabanabob
cabanabob

Better than the WKRP turkey drop!!  :o)

MeJustMe
MeJustMe

The Teddy Bears were just on their way to a picnic.

Shannon B
Shannon B

Teddy bear invasions are a serious national security threat indeed. What's next? Raggedy Anne parachuting in playing revolutionary music?!

Ken Peres
Ken Peres

These guys are my heroes ! Teddy Bears for everyone ! I'm glad they had chutes ! 

BjammindD
BjammindD

These guys deserve a Nobel.....

Midlandr
Midlandr

They actually DID something to warrant a nomination huh!? Unlike "he" whose name is unspoken.

Greg Keener
Greg Keener

Too true. Obama did nothing before or after his Nobel Prize to earn it. It doesn't matter if you like him as a president or not. He is not Peace Prize material. His win simply cheapened the award for so many better men and women who have won or weren't even nominated (such as Irena Sendler/Sendlerowa).

steinJ
steinJ

 From Alfred Nobel's will:  "awarded as prizes to those who, **during the preceding year**, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind".

 More about the Peace Prize: "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work

for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of

standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace"

 The prize is handed out for stuff that is done these days. Not as reward for actions performed 70 years ago, no matter how good or generally praiseworthy.

 Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 essentially for not being George Bush, giving people outside the US a hope that the US would get back to working _with_ other nations, instead of just acting unilaterally and telling others that it was "my way or the highway".

 One can argue that this was a stupid thing to award a peace prize for, or that Obama had not actually accomplished much in the way of "spreading peace" at that time, and I would not necessarily disagree with that.

BreatheDeep
BreatheDeep

He, who?  Who is it that you are referring to.......Voldemort?

SailorAstarte
SailorAstarte

Midlandr, you are a cad and a racist. If anyone has a narcissistic bone in hir body it's you.

Midlandr
Midlandr

If you do not know, then you won't be told, but "he" is a known narcissist, whose arrogant manner of speech and behaviour is unlike his Curious George appearance.

walter Ocner
walter Ocner

I guess they should call the place Bear-larus

Anthony Chadwell
Anthony Chadwell

How much you wanna bet I can find one of these bears on Ebay? :)

 

Greg Keener
Greg Keener

You'd think so, but I haven't found any yet. I want one, but none are listed yet. Give it a couple weeks. The media coverage will ensure that, if nothing else, we'll be able to find a good knock off.