August 14, 2015 – South Korean activists led by Park Sang-Hak, a North Korean defector, have successfully released balloons carrying anti-North Korean leaflets over the inter-Korean border.
The Fighters for Free North Korea said they released ten balloons containing about 200,000 leaflets earlier today from Yeoncheon county in Gyeonggi province, according to Yonhap.
The leaflets reportedly carried messages condemning North Korea for last week’s land mine explosion that seriously injured two South Korean troops. South Korea has accused the North of planting the mines on the southern side of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas.
The activists had originally planned to launch about 500,000 leaflets from Imjinkak near the border town of Paju.
But they decided to release some of the leaflets from Yeoncheon, also near the border with North Korea, because of the change in the wind direction and to avoid police intervention.
They then tried in vain to send the rest of the leaflets from Imjingak where hundreds of police of police were deployed to stop the launch.
The activists left the scene vowing to continue sending propaganda balloons in the future, local media reported.
North Korea earlier this week warned that it would shoot down the balloons, calling the act a military provocation and a declaration of war.
In October last year, North Korea fired machine guns at balloons launched by activists. Some bullet rounds landed in South Korea, but no one was injured.
Activists in South Korea, usually led by defectors who escaped North Korea, have often sent anti-Pyongyang leaflets to the North criticising the regime.