Two Swedish advertising executives have revealed how they managed to drop hundreds of teddy bears over Belarus, which carried human rights slogans.
Last month’s air drop infuriated President Alexander Lukashenko, who has sacked two senior defence officials in its wake.
“A dictator can be feared and he can be hated, but when people start to laugh at him, his days are numbered. So, that was the objective,” said Tomas Mazetti, one of those behind the stunt.
“We discovered soon that no pilot wanted to do this. We couldn’t ask anyone because everyone said it was totally insane, it’s dangerous and it’s impossible. So then we decided it’s not dangerous and impossible and we must do it ourselves. So we took flying lessons, and we got a licence.”
The stunt organisers bought a three-seater plane to carry out the air drop, an operation that was a year in the planning.
Lukashenko, nicknamed Europe’s “last dictator,” has often boasted about Belarus’ air defence capability. But it was not enough to stop the parachuting teddy bears from touching down in the hardline state.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1Divers grapple with inhuman conditions as Sewol ferry salvage continues
- 2Exhumations at suspected Serbia mass grave begin
- 3Missouri execution of death-row inmate Michael Taylor ‘flawed’
- 4Protests mark the first anniversary of the Bangladesh clothing factory tragedy
- 5Transnistria territorially tempting to Russia
- 1Oklahoma supreme court halts executions pending drugs hearing
- 2Ukraine: US releases photos of alleged Russian special forces in the east
- 3Nepalese sherpas threaten strike in wake of Everest avalanche tragedy
- 4Death toll now 87 in South Korea ferry sinking; 215 missing
- 5Miracle stowaway survives five hour jet flight hidden in wheel well
- 1TV newscaster keeps calm as quake hits Mexico
- 2South Korea: Dramatic amateur footage emerges of final moments before stricken ferry capsizes
- 3Scientists find new Earth-sized planet that could host life
- 4Pictures and videos of April 15 lunar “Blood Moon” eclipse
- 5Ukrainian troops allegedly desert to join pro-Russian forces in Slavyansk
Wires > News
- 02:04 CET Obama to use Japan visit to reassure Asian allies
- 02:00 CET Syria eyes end of chemical arms monitoring mission; West disagrees
- 01:26 CET Australia transport bureau says beach debris not from MH370
- 00:59 CET Pentagon dossier to detail secretive U.S. Afghan detainee policy
- 00:55 CET Ukraine revolt shows faces, but whose are the brains?
- 00:54 CET Exclusive – Russia, China block Central African Republic blacklist…
- 23:49 CET Colombia ICRC says peace may solve mystery of disappeared
- 23:20 CET Two policemen, militant killed in Egypt