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Protesters tear N. Korean flags, leader's photos in Seoul

All Headlines 19:37 February 10, 2018

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- Conservative activists tore photos of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and attempted to burn its national flags in demonstrations in Seoul on Saturday against Pyongyang's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

A flurry of demonstrations took place on the streets as Kim's sister and other high-ranking officials visited the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae and a North Korean art troupe arrived in Seoul to perform Sunday.

Some 800 anti-North Korean protesters marched and staged street performances in front of the Deoksu Palace in central Seoul, condemning the North Korean leader and President Moon Jae-in, who they regard as too soft on the North.

Protesters march in downtown Seoul to criticize North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Feb. 10, 2018. (Yonhap)

Photos of Kim Jong-un and North Korea's national flags were seen damaged and in tatters. Some were holding up a ripped-up "Korean Unification" flag, which was used when athletes from South and North Korea made a joint entrance at the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympics on Friday night. Some people tried to burn the North Korean national flag, but were contained by police.

"You are fired. Get out of here Korea," one protester, wearing a mask of U.S. President Donald Trump, shouted at a protester wearing a mask of Moon Jae-in. Three people playing the roles of President Moon, the North Korean leader and Kim Yong-nam, North Korea's ceremonial head of state, respectively, walked in silence, tied to each other by a rope.

A damaged statue of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is seen in front of Deoksu Palace in Seoul on Feb. 10, 2018. (Yonhap)

"There is a faction that tries to turn this country communist. If we don't stop it, we will be starved or tortured to death under the rule of Kim Jong-un," the organizers argued, in front of protesters wielding pickets that read "Moon Jae-in OUT" and "PyeongChang Olympics OUT."

Similar demonstrations took place sporadically around the city.

Meanwhile, the North Korean art troupe, Samjiyon Orchestra, arrived in Seoul earlier in the day to hold a rehearsal for its next concert. The second and final concert will take place at the National Theater of Korea in Seoul at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Protesters march in downtown Seoul to criticize North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in who they believe is too soft on Pyongyang, on Feb. 10, 2018. (Yonhap)


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