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.
South Korea is using balloons to send counter-propaganda into North Korea. pic.twitter.com/7jxjMmvaRD
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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.