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Belarus Generals Sacked over Swedish Teddy Bear Stunt

The president of Belarus has sacked his air force and border security chiefs because a Swedish plane managed to drop teddy bears into the country with signs calling for freedom of expression.

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Two Belarus citizens were arrested in connection with the stunt, and charged with aiding "illegal migration" of the Swedish activists who crossed into Belarus.

Amnesty International's Heather McGill says the two jailed Belarussians are not connected with the incident, which is taking place at a time when there is very little respect for human rights in Belarus.

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    Teddy bears wearing freedom and free speech signs were parachuted into Belarus July 4 by a Swedish ad agency, Studio Total. (Photo: Studio Total)

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    Teddy bears wearing freedom and free speech signs were parachuted into Belarus July 4 by a Swedish ad agency, Studio Total. (Photo: Studio Total)