Tuesday, January 18, 2005

A PROMISING SIGN in North Korea:

Poster of Kim Jung-il

The first known visual evidence of dissent within the world's most secretive state emerged yesterday when video footage taken in a North Korean factory showed a portrait of the dictator, Kim Jong-il, defaced with graffiti demanding freedom and democracy.

The 35-minute video clip, said to have been taken in November, was posted on the website of an opposition group based in South Korea. It shows a poster of Kim scrawled over with the words: "Down with Kim Jong-il. Let's all rise to drive out the dictatorial regime.''
Might not seem a lot, but in a country like North Korea with the world's tightmost regime, this is quite significant.

UPDATE. More reports, this time by the Associated Press.