Balloons floated down over North Korea on Sunday, packed with instant noodles. Rather than a New Year gesture from neighbouring South Korea, the balloons were sent by anti-North activists and carried anti-regime leaflets along with the noodles.
The balloons were floated following an anti-Pyngyang rally at Imjingak, close to Seoul. The leaflets contained photographs of deposed leaders including Muammar Gaddafi and Nicolae Ceausescu, as an inspiration to budding revolutionaries to over-throw the new regime of Kim Jong-un.
reported group leader Choi Woo-Won said
"We want North Korean people to know that dictators in other parts of the world faced miserable deaths, and that they should also rise up against the repressive Kim dynasty."
The group comprises defectors from North Korea and representatives of human rights groups. En rian
reported that following the death of dictator Kim Jong-il earlier, this month leaflets were sent criticising the hereditary secession imposed by the regime. Leaflets refer to the Kim dynasty as the "fat murderer family."
Group official Park Sang-Hak said
"We will not sit idle while witnessing North Koreans suffer from oppression and hunger under autocratic leadership,"
as he cited the number of 2,300 North Koreans who want to escape the slavery of the regime.
Various items have been sent north from South Korea during the many balloon launches, including videos and one-dollar bills. According to The Australian
dollar bills have been sent as an incentive for the North Koreans to overcome their fears of picking up the leaflets