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­ Members of the Fighters for Free North Korea gathered together yesterday morning at the Imjin Pavillion in Paju, Gyeonggi, in commemoration of the first anniversary of the death of Hwang Jang-yop (1923-2010), the highest-ranking North Korean defector. With 10 large vinyl balloons, they floated a portrait of Hwang, 20,000 anti-North Korea propaganda leaflets, a thousand 1,000 won notes, 200 books on South Korean economic development and 100 radios over the DMZ into North Korea. Hwang was an international secretary of North Korea’s Workers’ Party, the ruling party of North Korea, credited with creating the juche (self-reliance) ideology. He defected to South Korea in 1997. On Saturday, North Korea reproached the civic group for intentionally trying to provoke it, but yesterday’s event passed without mishaps. The civic group said that despite North Korean threats, they will continue their activities to strive for the freedom of North Korean citizens. [YONHAP]

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