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Anti-Lee Myung-bak Rally Held in Pyongyang, Netizen Reactions

The DPRK (North Korea) has stepped up its rhetoric against South Korean president Lee Myung-bak following allegedly derogatory marks during the North’s April 15th celebrations of Kim Il-sung’s Birthday. According to the official North Korean state media outlet KCNA [The Korean Central News Agency]:

A Pyongyang city army-people rally was held at Kim Il Sung Square Friday to vow to wipe out the Lee Myung Bak group, the sworn enemy, in this land and sky.

Attending the rally were senior party, state and army officials, officials of the party, the armed forces and power bodies, social organizations, ministries and national institutions, officers and men of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) and the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, officials in the fields of science, education, literature and arts, public health and media and working people and youth and students as well as overseas Koreans and the chief of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front.



In the below YouTube video, taken from North Korea’s official YouTube channel ‘uriminzokkiri‘, there is a closeup of one of the signs being held by People’s Army soliders in Kim Il-sung Square. Those familiar with koreaBANG’s glossary may be proud to notice the textbook use of ‘2MB‘ at 2:20, a reference that one of the newsreaders goes on to explain in the video. Lee Myung-bak is also regularly referred to in the North as a “Chae-saekki” [derogatory way of saying 'rat'] –– a term that crops up in many South Korean netizen comments on koreaBANG.



The below video is also from North Korea’s official YouTube channel and features interviews with participants in the ‘People/Army Rally’.

A word of warning to our readers in South Korea: viewing North Korean materials in the South is illegal and, in some cases, an imprisonable offense. Most North Korean websites are blocked but the YouTube channel remains open and is therefore a bit of a grey area.



The North has also stepped up its production of political cartoons of Lee Myung-bak, again seemingly echoing South Korean netizens by representing him as a rat. Below is a small selection taken from official North Korean news channels.









The above images are not currently circulating particularly prevalently in South Korean media but news of the rally is still reverbarting around the major news portals. Below is a selection of top-rated responses, translated by koreaBANG’s Janice:

"Assholes are doing that again ke ke ke They’ve been on it for 60 years now it bores me… They poured 1 billion into the missile which was an international shame. As a result America stopped helping them and its blood-ally China scolded it. It’s too scary to go at the US… so South Korea might look manageable. Looks like they are aiming at begging for more rice or something by poking us, but we should beat them up to death this time if they actually attack us. They can’t tell soy bean paste from shit, because we’ve been so nice and accepting with them. Our military force wouldn’t give way to North Korea easily, so this time I hope our forces show those bastards [what we can do]."

"Someone who really attacks does it without allowing the other to prepare for it. They can’t attack us, so they are just threatening to."

"If those fucking bastards attempt to use something like biochemical weapons, don’t hesitate to blast them including Pyongyang, by combining forces with the American military."

"Fuck, if another incident like the one in Yeon-pyeong do happens again, the Democratic Union Party and United Progressive Party are going to make rumours saying it’s all government’s plot. If that sort of incident occurs again, this time the President is surely going to be from Saenuri Party."

"I’ve done my national service in an artillery unit for two years. North Korea has an overwhelming military and plenty of equipment. But the modern war is that of money. Money allows for modernization of the forces, along with the provision of food and cutting edge weapons. The Republic of Korea is not so much of a weak and frail country. There are about 600,000 officers and men who left home to serve the country. We won’t be beaten by North Korea because we have a combination of will to protect the country and a state-of-the-art modernized military."

Source: uriminzokkiri, uriminzokkiri, koreabang
Tags: north korea
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