LONDON – The UK branch of the Korean Friendship Association picketed the South Korean embassy on Thursday, protesting South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s visit to the UK and the U.S. “occupation” of the Korean Peninsula.
With 6-10 members in attendance, the KFA chanted slogans such as “Korea is one” and “Down with the fascist puppet regime” as ROK embassy workers watched and filmed from the window.
In a press release on the group’s Facebook page, the KFA announced “today’s picket of the south Korean fascist puppet embassy went well despite some harassment from the puppet gang who took close up photos of people and also tried calling the police on us as well.”
North Korea and its supporters typically write “south Korea,” with the lower-case “s” to emphasize their belief that Pyongyang’s rival is not a legitimate state.
“Speeches were made saying that Park Geun-hye is not welcome in the UK and detailed repression in south Korea as well as the pro-U.S. flunkeyist dependent nature of south Korea,” the release continued. The press release also mentioned NK News, calling the website “an anti-DPRK news agency that is a front for the CIA”
Dermot Hudson, chair of the Korean Friendship Association, refused to talk to NK News, but gave an extended speech outlining the stance of the KFA.
One member described the ongoing United Nations commission of inquiry on human rights in the DPRK as “complete and utter propaganda… (the defectors) are all liars,” and described defector Shin Dong-hyuk, the subject of the book “Escape from Camp 14,” as a “scumbag.”
Also present at the protest was North Korean defector and publisher of Free NK Kim Joo il, who told NK News he wanted to get an interview with Dermot Hudson. But Hudson insisted that Kim Joo-il was a South Korean spy, arguing that, because his name on his business card was spelt “Joo-il Kim” he could not possibly be North Korean. Hudson also insisted that Kim’s arrival was a “stage managed provocation” created by NK News and the South Korean embassy.
Despite Hudson’s refusal, several in attendance did speak with NK News – including an unnamed 17-year-old who claimed he was one of the youngest Westerners to ever visit the DPRK.
“I saw an article in the news about (North Korea), and I try to seek to seek the truth in everything I do,” he said of how took an interest in the KFA. “I started reading books on the Juche idea and Songun politics.”
“After visiting,” he said, “I realized what a wonderful country it is and how united and happy the people seem out there…what the media tell you and what you see are two different things.”
Another attendee, Andy Brooks, who is general secretary of the New Communist Party of Great Britain as well as an active KFA member, told NK News he had visited the DPRK “about 15 times,” and had met Kim Il Sung and had found him “very impressive.”
Despite the stated aim of protesting the state visit by Park, South Korean officials at the embassy told NK News that the President had left the United Kingdom that morning to visit Belgium.
Photos and video: NK News
Additional reporting: Hamish MacDonald
LONDON – The UK branch of the Korean Friendship Association picketed the South Korean embassy on Thursday, protesting South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s visit to the UK and the U.S. "occupation" of the Korean Peninsula.
With 6-10 members in attendance, the KFA chanted slogans such as "Korea is one" and "Down with the fascist puppet regime" as ROK embassy workers watched and filmed from the window.