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Police block anti-North Korea demo

Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 00:50

June 29 - Scuffles break out as South Korean police move in to halt an anti-North Korea balloon launch by defectors. Rough cut - no reporter narration.

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION South Korean police on Saturday (June 29) stopped North Korean defectors from sending anti-North leaflets across the border using balloons. North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA said in a statement that launching leaflets was an "intolerable, provocative campaign aimed at smearing the dignity of its leadership" and threatened to blow up the place once the defectors launched their leaflets. The 50 protesters travelling in a pick-up truck with 200,000 leaflets were surrounded by more than 300 police officers near Imjingak in Paju. Park Sang-hak, who defected from North Korea in November 1999 and arrived in the South in January 2000, accused the officers of using government power to stop a peaceful demonstration. Park, who was driving the truck, tried to break through the wall of police to get to the intended balloon-launch site. Anti-North Korea activists and other defectors scuffled with the police as they tried to make their way forward. Police officials said residents living in Paju, near the border of the two Koreas, strongly objected to launching leaflets amid mounting tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programme. Tensions on the peninsula reached their peak in February when North Korea threatened nuclear and missile strikes against South Korea and the United States after U.N.-imposed sanctions for a nuclear weapons test.

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Police block anti-North Korea demo

Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 00:50