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January 18, 2005

North Korea A Powderkeg; Kim Jong Il Poster Defaced

Topics: International News

In a country where dissent against the government can be hazardous to your life, opposition appears to be growing in frequency and degree. According to South Korean analysts, the phasing out of food rations and the introduction of market pricing have left millions to fend for themselves without state assistance. This has led people to rethink the state's role and reduced their loyalty to the Communist Party. However, the economic issues may in fact be minor in the context of other horrors inflicted upon dissidents and Christians in North Korea.

(News Telegraph via Digger's Realm)
North Korea seems to be in the throws of turmoil as a 35 minute videotape was posted to a South Korean opposition website.
It shows the defaced poster of Kim Jong Il.

News Telegraph(UK)
The first known visual evidence of dissent within the world's most secretive state emerged yesterday when video footage taken in a North Korean factory showed a portrait of the dictator, Kim Jong-il, defaced with graffiti demanding freedom and democracy.

... It shows a poster of Kim scrawled over with the words: "Down with Kim Jong-il. Let's all rise to drive out the dictatorial regime.''

According to another opposition group in South Korea, the footage was taken in the north-eastern border city of Hoeryong and was passed to activists in China.

Digger's Realm and California Yankee have much more on the story.

Posted by Hyscience at January 18, 2005 1:53 PM

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