Belarus Arrests Two Journalists for Toy Bear Photos After Airdrop

By: Richard Balmforth | Reuters

(Reuters) – Police in Belarus have arrested two journalists for posing for photographs holding teddy bears after hundreds were dropped by air on the country in a pro-democracy stunt, the Belarussian Association of Journalists said on Thursday.

Alexander Lukashenko, the country’s authoritarian president, also suggested on Thursday that the Swedish embassy in Minsk had been involved in planning the July 4 escapade, in an outburst likely to widen a diplomatic rift with Sweden over the incident.

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