Leaflet launch to N. Korea stopped


South Korean police Saturday stopped a planned launch of anti-North Korean leaflets across the tense border, sparking an angry protest from activists, witnesses said.

A group of defectors from the North had said they would float 200,000 leaflets over the heavily militarized frontier by balloon Saturday to protest Pyongyang’s dire human rights record. Police set up road blocks on access routes to the planned launch site at Imjingak, and stopped a pickup truck loaded with the leaflets.

“Let North Koreans know the truth,” an activist said during a speech as others unfurled banners calling for an end to what they described as Pyongyang’s “hereditary dictatorial regime.”