Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

Fighting North Korea with balloons, TV shows and leaflets

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2012 file photo, Park Sang Hak, a refugee from the North Korea who now runs the group Fighters for a Free North Korea from a s...
FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2011 file photo, Park Sang Hak, center, a refugee from the North who now runs the group Fighters for a Free North Korea from a...
FILE - In this April 15, 2011 file photo, Park Sang Hak, center, a refugee from the North who now runs the group Fighters for a Free North Korea from ...
FILE- In this Feb. 16, 2013 file photo, Park Sang Hak, center right, a refugee from the North who now runs the group Fighters for a Free North Korea f...
In this Aug. 18, 2017 photo, Park Sang Hak, a refugee from the North who now runs the group Fighters for a Free North Korea from a small Seoul office,...
In this June 15, 2017 photo, Lee Min Bok, a North Korean who was swayed to flee his homeland when he stumbled across earlier generations of leaflets 3...
In this June 15, 2017 photo, Lee Min Bok, a North Korean who was swayed to flee his homeland when he stumbled across earlier generations of leaflets 3...
In this June 15, 2017 photo, Lee Min Bok, a North Korean who was swayed to flee his homeland when he stumbled across earlier generations of leaflets 3...
In this Aug. 18, 2017 photo, Park Sang Hak, a refugee from the North who now runs the group Fighters for a Free North Korea from a small Seoul office,...
FILE - In this July 29, 2010 file photo, South Korean conservative activists launch balloons made by Lee Min Bok, a North Korean who was swayed to fle...
FILE - In this July 29, 2010 file photo, South Korean conservative activists launch balloons made by Lee Min Bok, a North Korean who was swayed to fle...

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2012 file photo, Park Sang Hak, a refugee from the North Korea who now runs the group Fighters for a Free North Korea from a s...

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2011 file photo, Park Sang Hak, center, a refugee from the North who now runs the group Fighters for a Free North Korea from a...

FILE - In this April 15, 2011 file photo, Park Sang Hak, center, a refugee from the North who now runs the group Fighters for a Free North Korea from ...

FILE- In this Feb. 16, 2013 file photo, Park Sang Hak, center right, a refugee from the North who now runs the group Fighters for a Free North Korea f...

In this Aug. 18, 2017 photo, Park Sang Hak, a refugee from the North who now runs the group Fighters for a Free North Korea from a small Seoul office,...

In this June 15, 2017 photo, Lee Min Bok, a North Korean who was swayed to flee his homeland when he stumbled across earlier generations of leaflets 3...

In this June 15, 2017 photo, Lee Min Bok, a North Korean who was swayed to flee his homeland when he stumbled across earlier generations of leaflets 3...

In this June 15, 2017 photo, Lee Min Bok, a North Korean who was swayed to flee his homeland when he stumbled across earlier generations of leaflets 3...

In this Aug. 18, 2017 photo, Park Sang Hak, a refugee from the North who now runs the group Fighters for a Free North Korea from a small Seoul office,...

FILE - In this July 29, 2010 file photo, South Korean conservative activists launch balloons made by Lee Min Bok, a North Korean who was swayed to fle...

FILE - In this July 29, 2010 file photo, South Korean conservative activists launch balloons made by Lee Min Bok, a North Korean who was swayed to fle...

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In South Korea, a disparate and colorful collection of activists is taking on one of the world's most isolated nations.

Their weapon of choice: homemade hot air balloons that float over the North Korean border and carry in the outside world.

Some activists send up plastic leaflets that weigh less than a feather and flutter down from the clouds with calls for democracy, or blurry cartoons ridiculing Pyongyang's ruler. Some send flash drives loaded with soap operas, or mini-documentaries about the vast wealth of southern corporations.

Their South Korean critics see them as little more than attention-hungry cranks who spend much of their time exchanging insults. But the activists look across the border and see a country they believe they are already changing.