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Angry parents bash "Angry Birds" playground

A playground in western Sweden has become the site of a political battle, after the local council decided to buy in toys based on the Angry Birds computer game. "What was the council thinking?" says one visitor, Hannes Brage, to local newspaper Bohuslänningen.

"Were they thinking at all?" Hannes Brage says the council have given a well-known brand a chance to market itself to children. Another visitor appreciates the new park, but adds it would have been nice to have a break from such pressure in a public playground, since her children already pester her for toys linked to well-known brands.

At the Uddevalla council's parks department Agnetha Johansson is puzzled by the criticism, and also says it is nothing to do with sponsorship or cheapness.

News agency TT reports that Social Democrat councillor Anna-Lena Heydar says it is product placement that should be stopped, while Zeidi Ström, of the conservative Moderate Party, would rather say that the playground is popular with the children.

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