Union group holds anti-U.S., pro-North game show

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Union group holds anti-U.S., pro-North game show

At a meeting on Saturday, Korea’s largest left-leaning union group passed out pro-North propaganda and denounced U.S. forces stationed in the country.

The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, an association of left-wing labor unions, held a large-scale quiz game at a Han River park on Yeouido, western Seoul, entitled “Aug. 15 Workers’ Golden Bell for Unification.” “The Golden Bell” is a popular quiz show broadcast by KBS for high school students. Roughly 3,000 members participated in the survival quiz festival with 21 questions. The questions were true or false or short-answer format.

The MC said that most of the questions were based on the so-called “Unification Textbook,” a book published by the confederation in May that is igniting controversy over its pro-North stance and support for the Kim dynasty.

Before the quiz show, the confederation released possible questions on its official Web site, which were hard-line pro-North, such as: “What was the name of the policy of North Korea’s First Secretary Kim Jong-un that read ‘Peace is important, but self-reliance and independence is more important?’ Answer: Self-reliance policy;” and “What is the name of a law that the ruling Saenuri Party and conservative media are attempting to enact in order to financially support anti-North Korea civic groups? Answer: the North Korean Human Rights Act;” and “North Korea is currently recognized for its satellite launch technology by both the South and the world. What’s the name of the cutting-edge technology from North Korea that can run factories without labor forces? Answer: CNC Technology.”

At the quiz show, the association also asked an array of anti-U.S. questions. They asked “What’s the date when U.S. forces came to dominate Korea?” They also asked “What is a war preparation exercise that the U.S. forces have been doing since 2008?”

The final two contestants - a member of the Unified Progressive Party’s regional chapter in Suwon, Gyeonggi, and a member of the Korean Government Employees’ Union - were given the last question: “Add all of the following numbers: the ages of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung and late leader Kim Jong-il when they died and those of the nation’s traitor Lee Myung-bak and ‘that bitch’ [Representative Park Geun-hye] who received the bribery for nomination.”

The answer was 286, but neither of the two final contestants got it. The UPP member, who guessed closer with 260, was the winner. The prize for the anti-U.S. quiz show was the latest model of an iPad manufactured by American company Apple.

By Kim Hee-jin [heejin@joongang.co.kr]

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