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South Korea takes ironic tweet at face value, imprisons political activist for supporting North Kore

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posted on Feb, 5 2012 @ 01:40 AM
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Park Jeonggeun, a political activist, re-tweeted the message "Long live Kim Jong-il" from the communist country's official Twitter account. He said he intended to ridicule the leader, who died in December, but could face up to seven years in jail. Amnesty accused South Korea of "failing to understand sarcasm". "Imprisoning anyone for peaceful expression of their opinions violates international law, but in this case the charges against Park Jeonggeun are simply ludicrous and should be dropped immediately," said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty's Asia-Pacific director. Mr Park is a member of the South Korean Socialist Party, which openly and frequently criticises the North Korean regime.

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posted on Feb, 5 2012 @ 01:43 AM
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And there goes his right to free speech in a democratic nation. Oh the Irony.



posted on Feb, 5 2012 @ 01:43 AM
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This is just ridiculous. South Korea is trying to fight tyranny with tyranny and it's making them just as bad as North Korea. Denying people freedom of speech is bad enough, but arresting someone over sarcasm is just ridiculous. I hope to god this conflict between North and South Korea ends soon. It hurts the people of both countries.



posted on Feb, 5 2012 @ 01:44 AM
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Remember the South Korea Ant-'US protests recently?

The US is hated across the globe now more than ever.



posted on Feb, 5 2012 @ 01:50 AM
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You're pushing it, South Korea. A few more slip ups like that and you'll only have 2 choices: Manufacture cheap, crappy little trinkets and American flags for us while loaning us tons of money (but judging by your cars, you don't have much of that to spare) or be prepared for a fabricated story leading to us raining down "freedom" missiles on your people!
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