- Title: SOUTH KOREA: South Koreans urge North Korean civilians to take action
- Date: 26th February 2011
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (FEBRUARY 25, 2011) (REUTERS) PROTESTER BURNING NORTH KOREAN FLAG WITH NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG-IL'S PHOTO PROTESTERS CHANTING BEHIND CUT OUT OF KIM JONG-IL TIED WITH ROPE PROTESTERS BURNING BANNER WITH PHOTO OF KIM JONG-IL PROTESTERS CHANTING BEHIND CUT OUT OF KIM JONG-IL PROTESTER BURNING PHOTOS OF KIM JONG-IL AND HIS SON AND HEIR APPARENT JONG-UN'S (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) PROTEST LEADER PARK CHAN-SUNG SAYING: "Dictatorial countries in the Middle East are collapsing now by civilian revolution. Such a democratic wave should be spread to North Korea like flames to topple the 66-year-old dictatorship by Kim Jong-il and to establish a democratic government - this is the desire by the United States, Japan and Northeast Asian countries as well as South Koreans." VARIOUS OF PROTESTER BURNING BANNER WITH PHOTO OF KIM JONG-IL VARIOUS OF CUTOUT OF KIM JONG-IL VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS CHANTING SLOGANS
- Embargoed: 13th March 2011 12:00
- Location: Korea, Republic of
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: International Relations
- Reuters ID: LVAE73UVRO3PUD1XO1YR8V7RL1EO
- Story Text: South Korean protesters burn photos of Kim Jong-Il urging North Korean civilians to take similar action to Middle East and North African activists.
South Korean protesters in Seoul on Friday (February 25) urged North Korean civilians to take similar action to that of democratic movement activists in the Middle East and North Africa and topple the reclusive country's dictatorship.
Dozens of conservative South Koreans chanted anti-North Korean slogans, burning a North Korean flag photos of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and his youngest son and heir apparent Jong-un.
"Dictatorial countries in the Middle East are collapsing now by civilian revolution. Such a democratic wave should be spread to North Korea like flames to topple the 66-year-old dictatorship by Kim Jong-il and to establish a democratic government - this is the desire by the United States, Japan and Northeast Asian countries as well as South Koreans," said Park Chan-sung, a protest leader.
Tunisia and Egypt toppled their long-reigning leaders, and protesters have mushroomed across the Middle East and North Africa demanding reforms.
In North Korea, current leader Kim Jong-il is in the process of transmitting his power to one of his sons to rule the country founded by his father Kim Il-sung in 1945.
Kim Jong-il's son Jong-un was last year named as a four-star general and given high ranking political positions, signaling the start of the third-generation power transition in the secretive state.
North and South Korea are still technically at war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce without a peace treaty.
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