October 24, 2020

Activist renounces South Korean police protection from North Korean “threats”

Park Sang-hak, known for controversial leaflet launches, says he no longer wants to be tailed by local law enforcement

Defector activist Park Sang-hak on Thursday submitted a letter renouncing government protection from North Korean death threats, accusing South Korean police of using it as a pretext for surveilling him.

In a letter addressed to local and national police, as well as the National Intelligence Service (NIS), Park -- whose routine launches of anti-regime leaflets into the North sparked a major escalation of inter-Korean tensions last month -- said he no longer wanted the police protection provided to him for the past 12 years.