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Lithuania to probe Swedish teddy-drop stunt

Lithuania to probe Swedish teddy-drop stunt

Published: 16 Aug 2012 13:38 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 Aug 2012 13:38 GMT+02:00

Lithuanian prosecutors said Thursday they had launched an official probe into a stunt by Swedish activists who flew a plane into Belarus from Lithuania to drop hundreds of "freedom teddy bears."

"The investigation was launched over illegal crossing of the state border and violation of international flight regulations," prosecutors in the Baltic EU state said in a press release.

Border guards will conduct the probe and look into the July 4 flight, orchestrated by a Swedish advertising agency.

The plane dropped hundreds of teddy bears attached to little parachutes carrying signs calling for freedom of speech and human rights in Belarus, a move that infuriated the government in Minsk.

Last week, Belarus' authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko demanded that Vilnius investigate the incident. Minsk also announced it was expelling all Swedish diplomats and closing its embassy in Stockholm.

Lithuania, which joined NATO and the EU in 2004, summoned the Belarus ambassador Tuesday, warning the move could further worsen relations with the European Union.

Meanwhile, the team at Studio Total, the PR firm behind the teddy bear drop, has so far not had a response from President Lukashenko after inviting him to their house in County Skåne, southern Sweden.

The agency's offer followed a summons from the KGB which demanded the team come to Minsk for interrogation.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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02:32 August 17, 2012 by talismancer
Better put the perps on the Interpol Red list...you wouldn't want to be seen to be inconsistent.
09:14 August 17, 2012 by robban70226
There is too much diversion about teddy bears,

That id not the issue at stake here, doesn't matter if the illegal violation of air space happened for teddy bears, candy, condoms, cocaine, or grenades. The principle is the same The Study One and its founders keep trying to divert the issue to avoid taking responsibility of their actions.
12:51 August 17, 2012 by NetFox
Aphorisms Lukashenko, unlike all the others, very funny. Sometimes just ridiculous. Like this one: "Picked up a milk - eggs are gone."

But there is not just funny, but true:

"I'm not going to lead his people in the civilized world."

"The Belarusian people will live in poverty, but not for long."

And in his speech, Lukashenko issued 09.08.2012 true cause expulsion of the ambassador of Sweden in Belarus. Take a deep breath. Otherwise, need to pop, or choke with laughter ... In the guilt Eiriksson was delivered that he learned the Belarusian language and the history of Belarus.

Top leaders of Belarus, including Lukashenko, the Belarusian language is not known. Eriksson said the Belarusian flawlessly. Such super-wickedness, and does not fall into sin is forgiven.

Now, after closing of embassy of Sweden in Belarus, the appeal to the authorities of Sweden behind the help in history investigation with bears looks, as mockery.
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