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  1. Fighting North Korea with balloons, TV shows and leaflets

Fighting North Korea with balloons, TV shows and leaflets

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

By: | Seoul | Updated: August 23, 2017 11:43 PM
 North Korea, TV shows, balloons, Pyongyang, balloons message, North Korean border  Their weapon of choice: homemade hot air balloons that float over the North Korean border and carry in the outside world. (Associated Press)

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.

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