Sweden: Östgruppen prepares another bear landing party to Belarus

2012 2012-11-08T17:13:16+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en https://spring96.org/files/images/sources/shved-desant.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On Saturday, 10 November, the Swedish human rights organization Östgruppen will hold the action “Plush landing force-2”. Teddy bears with demands of respect to human rights will depart to Belarus again: this time – in parcels, which will be sent to the Belarusian officials and politicians who are banned entry to the EU because of their involvement in human rights abuses in Belarus.

“In spring about 800 Swedish teddy bears flew to Belarus. Lukashenka was mad and stated they had crossed the border illegally. The bears were detained and guarded to the police stations. That's why this time we are going to send them legally, in parcels, to Lukashenka and his friends, but the demands of respect human rights, especially freedom of assemblies and associations will remain,” commented the head of Östgruppen Martin Uggla. “The summer action caused much critique in Sweden, but was met positively by many activists in Belarus. By means of our action we want to express our solidarity with the Belarusians who work for the democratization of their country.

The action will start at 12 a.m. on 10 November in the center of Stockholm. Its participants will take teddy bears with them, and the organizers will pass them the addresses of the potential receivers from Belarus.

The photo was taken from: http://www.studiototal.se/teddybears

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