November 29, 2023

Infighting in North Korean sympathizer group leads Dutch branch to split

Netherlands chief leads one-man rebellion from Korean Friendship Organization, which promotes DPRK internationally

Infighting within the Korean Friendship Association (KFA) has led the Dutch branch of the North Korean sympathizers group to sever ties with its Spanish leader and set up a rival organization.

The head of KFA Netherlands Marcel van Stralen first announced the independence of his branch from the KFA in a social media post in October, accusing KFA leader Alejandro Cao de Benos and its intelligence chief Mana Sapmak of undermining him.