About a month ago, Reunification of the Fatherland Vice-Chairman Ro Su-hui from South Korea tried to cross the border from North Korea but was immediately held and arrested by the South Korean authorities as soon as both of his feet stepped on South Korea’s territory. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), which is controlled by the North Korean government, deemed the act fascist on their Facebook page. In another report of the event, the KCNA added a demand from the North Korean regime that Ro Su-hui be sent back to North Korea.
Here is a link to the video of the apparently blatantly orchestrated crossing of the border. The two Koreas are technically still at war since after the ceasefire Armistice was signed in 1953. For this and other factors, the border between the two countries is arguably the most militarized in the world, despite the paradox that it is referred to as a demilitarized zone (DMZ).
Why do I conclude that Ro Su-hui’s crossing was blatantly orchestrated?
The first reason that comes to mind is the crossing itself. At Panmunjom, there are two lines. The first one is the line behind the North Korean soldier to the left of the very beginning of this propaganda clip. People from the north side of the border are not allowed to cross it, or they risk getting shot and killed by the North Korean soldiers by the time they get to the second line. This is also one of the reasons why there are North Korean soldiers looking toward the North – an effort to prevent any defection to the South – unseen on the south side of the border. Notice also that the crowd in this propaganda clip never crosses the first line. The second line is the concrete platform in the middle of the blue buildings. This is the de-facto border between the two countries. Even if a defector manages to cross that line, it is argued that the soldiers from the South – both Americans and South Koreans – will shoot and kill them be it for security or for other reasons. Yet, Ro Su-hui crossed the border calmly and was immensely cheered by the North Korean crowd, besides also having not been stopped by the North Korean soldiers – another apparent example of how the privileged are treated in the Secret State, as opposed to the rest of the population.
The second reason for my conclusion is the proportion of males and females at the event. According to my rough estimate, at least 75 percent of the cheering crowd is comprised of women. Whether this is aimed at making the event look more peaceful and innocent remains unknown to me. Women usually dominate in numbers when it comes to dancing and singing in North Korea in front of tourists, as numerous videos on Youtube would show it to be the case. This is a government tactic to portray their country as peaceful and paradisiac, and Ro Su-hui’s crossing is a great opportunity to spread the North Korean government’s message of having peace and harmony all over its territory to the rest of the world.
And here comes the third reason to conclude that Ro Su-hui’s crossing was blatantly orchestrated. South Korea’s National Security Law criminalizes any glorifying of North Korea’s political system, among other prohibitions. It reportedly dates back to the early 1950s. The North Korean government is aware of the National Security Law in South Korea, yet it lets its “friend” enter his homeland which is South Korea. This is apparently a provocation from the North aimed at brainwashing its own people, and potentially ignorant people all over the world, into believing that the South is “fascist,” allegedly in an effort to sustain the regime for a longer time, which is what I have always argued North Korea is all about.
Meanwhile, crossing the border from North Korea to China or South Korea, unless completely authorized by the North Korean government, is considered national treason which is punishable by hard labor and torture for life to the defector as well as to all of their relatives for generations to come. In some cases defectors even end up being publicly executed for the same reason as pointed out above – to sustain the regime – but in a different way: by instilling fear among the rest of the population from any action that is not in accordance to the North Korean regime.