March 28, 2011 11:03
Activists have decided to float propaganda leaflets to North Korea quietly without announcing their plans after a spate of recent run-ins with residents near the border who are worried about reprisals from the North.
"We're going to launch the leaflets without making the time and venue public," said Lee Min-bok, who heads a coalition of activist groups. Better equipment means the helium balloons to which the leaflets are attached can now be launched by one or two people, reducing the risk of protests from locals or shots being fired from North Korea."
One activist group clashed with locals and members of leftwing groups on Sunday while attempting to launch propaganda leaflets from Chorwon, Gangwon Province.
But Park Sang-hak of Fighters for Free North Korea said his group will launch at least some balloons openly in a show of defiance against North Korea's threat last week to fire aimed shots at launch sites.
Park said, "No wonder locals are afraid when even the military allowed itself to be cowed by the North" and withdrew loudspeakers that were to blast propaganda across the demilitarized zone after North Korea threatened to shoot at them. He pledged his organization will "show through action" what it thinks of the North Korean threat
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