N.Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur Defaced with Graffiti

  • By Ahn Jun-yong

    March 12, 2019 10:32

    An anti-North Korean slogan was found sprayed on the wall of the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia early Monday morning. It read, "Down with Kim Jong-un" and "Free North Korea... we are rising up!"

    On another side of the wall was the logo of "Free Joseon," a group that also goes by the name of Cheollima Civil Defense, which is believed to have rescued the son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother from the North's assassination squads.

    Sumisha Naidu, Channel NewsAsia's Kuala Lumpur correspondent, tweeted the graffiti the same day.

    "The logo on the North Korean embassy's wall resembles that of the Cheollima Civil Defense Force -- the group that sent me a video of #KimJongNam's son, claiming they had helped him and his family get protection."

    The wall of the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia bears a graffiti on Monday. /AFP-Yonhap

    On March 1, Cheollima Civil Defense changed its name to Free Joseon and declared itself the provisional government of the North.

    The graffiti was sprayed on the day of the release of Siti Aisyah, one of the women who had been hired by North Korean agents to carry out Kim Jong-nam's murder at Kuala Lumpur airport.

    On its own website on Monday morning, Free Joseon posted a piece headlined, "Courage in Kuala Lumpur," saying, "We're lonely now when we're longing for freedom quietly. But we'll meet one by one through courage."

    The North Korean Embassy attempted to hide the graffiti with blankets that morning, and police are investigating.

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