There’s absolutely nothing safe about violating the sanctity of the airspace of a repressive former Soviet dictatorship, yet that’s just what happened. A daring force of hundreds parachuted into Ivayanets, a town just outside of Minsk. Floating down on black wings, the hundreds weren’t armed or dangerous, just cuddly and fun. Hundreds of teddy bears were parachuted into Belarus, bearing messages of support for Belarusian freedom protesters.
“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,” said Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, ironically at a meeting to modernize the armed forces.
The political stunt was paid for by a pro-democracy group called Project 97, but the idea was from an ad agency in Sweden called Studio Total. The plane, which Studio Total paid for and completely manned, took off from neighboring Lithuania and crossed into Belarusian airspace with no difficulty. As for the teddy bears, they were just teddy bears, not placenta teddy bears.
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