South Korean police raided workplace of anti-North Korea activists over propaganda leaflets

By Sangmi Cha

SEOUL, Could 6 (Reuters) – South Korean police raided the workplace of a gaggle of anti-North Korea activists on Thursday that mentioned they threw balloons into the North final week carrying banknotes in {dollars} and leaflets denouncing the federal government in Pyongyang.

Such publications, though banned by current legislation, could provoke condemnation from the North, which final 12 months blew up a joint liaison workplace and threatened navy motion after being angered by the propaganda leaflets.

Police mentioned they executed a search and seizure warrant on the Seoul workplace of Fighters for Free North Korea, a gaggle led by Park Sang-hak, who left the neighboring nation in 2000.

“Seven cops raided my workplace round 10:10 am,” Park advised Reuters.

Police and navy investigated the group’s declare that it threw 10 promoting balloons from border provinces carrying 500,000 leaflets, 500 brochures and 5,000 greenback payments.

“The investigation is ongoing and we served a search and seizure warrant this morning,” a police officer mentioned over the cellphone.

Seoul’s Unification Ministry, which manages relations with the north, mentioned it noticed media in regards to the search, however declined to remark through the investigation.

On Sunday, Kim Yo Jong, a senior North Korean authorities official and sister of its chief Kim Jong Un, sharply criticized the South for not stopping the launches.

“We regard the maneuvers dedicated by human waste within the South as a critical provocation in opposition to our state and we’ll look at the corresponding actions,” Kim mentioned, quoting state media, with out giving additional particulars. (Reporting by Sangmi Cha; Modifying by Clarence Fernandez)

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