POLITICS – Kim Jong-Un Hired to Protest Kim Jon-Un in Wanchai 5


A HK-based Australian Kim Jong-un lookalike was hired this afternoon by a local concern group to protest the actions of the North Korean regime…

‘Howard’ (previously interviewed on the blog), turned court jester for the afternoon as he spoke against political detention camps in the DPRK.

The impersonator was hired at a reduced rate by NK Detractors Concern as the group aimed to attract media attention to the cause. They marched in the drizzle from Immigration Tower to the Commissioner’s Office of China’s Foreign Ministry in Wanchai.

The group is calling upon the Chinese government to stop returning escapees back to the reclusive state.

Chanting slogans, they also invited Hong Kongers to sign a petition demanding Beijing end its programme of repatriating dissidents.

Howard said that his presence helped to rally local and international media. NTDTV, Reuters, AP and local outlets were in attendance.

There are an unknown number of North Korean refugees in the city who border-hop through the mainland in the hope of reaching South Korea and claiming asylum. There are also a number of North Korean diplomats and businesses based in the territory.

Political dissidents face torture and starvation in the North’s network of gulags, which have been expanded under the leadership of Kim Jong-un. As these disturbing images show, the unspeakable conditions within remain a stain on the conscience of the global community.

NK Defectors Concern distributed the following press release, citing a recent report by Amnesty International

Under Kim Jong-un’s administration, 16 million North Korean people continuously suffer from unsafe food and malnutrition, as well as widespread violations of human rights.

Enlargement of Political Prisoners Camp

According to a report released by Amnesty International, the two biggest political prisoners camps (Camp 15 and Camp 16) were expanded again. The satellite photos taken from 2011 to 2013 show that Camp 16 is about 560km2, which is 3 times the area of Washington D.C.. Camp 16 jails about 20,000 prisoners that the number is higher than before. The area of Camp 15 is around 370km2 and was estimated imprisoned 50,000 people two years ago.

Increase in the number of Public Executions

The North Korean Government constantly makes use of public execution as a means of suppressing dissent, and even ordinary citizens. Nearly 80 people were executed publicly in several locations last month, accused of “watching smuggled South Korean TV dramas and films or transmitting obscene materials”. This was the largest execution since Kim Jong-un came into power.

Greater suppression on the defectors

After the assumption of power by Kim Jong-un, North Korean Government has taken stricter measures against defectors. North Korean troops beside Tumen River shoot defectors escaping to Chinese territory. Meanwhile, the North Korean government continues to strengthen its coorperation with its Chinese counterpart to suppress such defections. Chinese authorities have installed silent alarms inside residences near the North Korea border. If the defectors seek help from Chinese residents, those residents can secretly report them to the police via the alarm system. The police and border guards then then arrest the defectors. According to South Korea’s Ministry of Unification, only 1509 defectors successfully arrived at the South in the first year of Kim Jong-un’s rule, a reduction of 44% a year before. The figures continue to drop this year, with only 1041 people arriving in South Korea in the first 9 months.

We ask the public to pay attention on the violations of human rights by the Kim Jong-un regime. We also urge the North Korean government to improve human rights and immediately abolish political prisoner camp.

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The US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants claims that the HK Police have been instructed to keep no record of the arrest or registration of North Korean dissidents in the city… Meanwhile, Hong Kong has no qualms about doing business with the Hermit Kingdom itself, with DPRK goods readily available in supermarkets…

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via user ‘theangus’ on Reddit.com

Hong Kong remains the country’s second largest trading partner, the SCMP reports. Two-way trade reached US$111million last year, up 457% from the year before. In 2012, US$53million worth of goods were imported from the Stalinist country, with a similar amount of HK goods being exported to them. This coincides with the establishment of a joint industrial zone which has been agreed between Beijing and Pyongyang.

A local troublemaker attempts a citizen’s arrest of the dictator.

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  • Pedro

    About the boycotting of DPRK goods, I’m not sure it’d really work towards helping the North Korean people. Embargos have a history of mixed results. Probably more harm than good would be done, overall.

    • Tom

      I asked the group whether they advocated engaging or boycotting – they didn’t seem to have much of an answer. What worked for S.Africa may not for DPRK… Hard to know the right answer.

  • Pedro

    About the boycotting of DPRK goods, I’m not sure it’d really work towards helping the North Korean people. Embargos have a history of mixed results. Probably more harm than good would be done, overall.

    • Tom

      I asked the group whether they advocated engaging or boycotting – they didn’t seem to have much of an answer. What worked for S.Africa may not for DPRK… Hard to know the right answer.

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