FIGHTERS FOR A FREE NORTH KOREa
The balloons contained pamphlets with anti-Pyongyang material on them
The Fighters for a Free North Korea said its members sent the leaflets from a mountain west of Seoul condemning the North Korean regime, as the despotic nation celebrated the 105th anniversary of its founder, Kim Il-sung’s birth.
The pamphlets also gave details of the North Korean regime’s role in the assassination of Kim Jong-un’s elder half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, in Malaysia in February.
Large placards attached to the balloons showed images of Kim Jong-un and Kim Jong-nam, entitled “murderer” and “dead person” respectively.
The leaflets also strongly criticised the authoritarian leader’s relentless drive to strengthen his nuclear arsenal, despite its isolation from the international community.
As well as the flyers, the 10 gas-filled balloons contained 2,000 one-dollar bills 1,000 USB storage devices, 1,000 DVDs and 500 booklets, the group said.
FIGHTERS FOR A FREE NORTH KOREA
Placards accusing the leader of being a "murderer" were attached to the balloon
The balloons were launched during North Korea's Day of the Sun celebrations
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Park Sang-hak, the group’s leader, said: “We condemn dictator Kim Jong-un for persistently threatening the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the global society with nuclear weapons and missiles and murdering his half brother.”
The Fighters for a Free North Korea regularly send balloons with anti-Pyongyang material to the country as part of a campaign to dissent against the reclusive country.
But one of the 10 balloons fell in a South Korean apartment complex in Goyang just around 12.5 miles (20km) away from where they were launched, according to police.
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More than 100 pro-Pyongyang leaflets believed to have been flown from North Korea were also found in several locations in South Korea’s border regions on Saturday.
A South Korean police officer said: “The leaflets are believed to have been sent by the North early Saturday morning in celebration of the April 15 birth anniversary, dubbed the Day of the Sun.”
The pro-North Korean colour-printed leaflets likened the late Kim to the sun, according to police.