Seoul: N Koreans fired 40 shots at defector; hit him with 5


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Hope the guy pulls through. Apparently the docs called a halt to surgery as they felt he could not take much more right now. Luckily most of the bullets/fragments passed right through, nicking various vital organs. They plan to watch him and then do follow-up surgery in a week or so, according to other sources.

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That guy is pretty badass.

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On the J Yahoo news they are saying he took six hits; the surgeon says the worst was the one that passed right through the abdomen.

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This guy is lucky to be a alive, no doubt that his relatives and friends in NK will be brutality punished. this guy must have been desperate to move to the SK, he's dodged bullets, mine fields, fear of reprisal for his friends, etc

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such a great country the people are willing to get shot to leave...

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Sounds like they really do not want people to leave that country, especially those connected with politics, politicians or the military. We should consider ourselves lucky we do not live under some conditions and always be wary when our own politicians wish to curtail our civil liberties in the name of .....(take your pick).

Hope the guy pulls through and eventually lives a happy life

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If he pull through and survives, his family will be in great troubles! This is what you people didnt know!  And all other 4 soldiers who fired on him were in troubles too! Bad marksmanship!

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Hmmm. I imagine most posters here are pretty clued up on what happens to families of dissidents and/or political prisoners.

In case anyone has any doubts; I cannot recommend highly enough Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy - the award-winning book focuses on defectors and the country they leave behind. Grim, moving and utterly fascinating.

Hopefully the kid will survive. He's come this far.

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Like East Germany on Checkpoint Charlie back in the day

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I visited NK & the DMZ 20 years ago. They did nothing but bad-mouth the US, Japan and SK. They're all hate & fear. Deep sorrow for those living in NK.

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Another fine example of marxism/communism at work; they shoot people who try to leave. Quite the workers' paradise.


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It sounds legit anyway (or, that this defector isn't a plant and they risked killing him just to get him to give us bad info).

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And spare a thought for those SK soldiers who rescued him under real danger of getting shot.

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"Seoul: N Koreans fired 40 shots at defector; hit him with 5"(!?)

If its true the NK defector soldier was dead, on the other hand the North Koreans who shot him didn't want to really kill him or they were myopic without glasses.

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He's crawling through the mud, counting: "one! two! OUCH!! four! five! six! SONUVA!! eight! nine! ..."

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Could this be a sign of the impact of the recent sanctions ?

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Could this be a sign of the impact of the recent sanctions ?

No its a sign that he lived in a brutal dictatorship more concerned with building military power than feeding starving citizens for decades.

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I read he was hit in the shoulder and elbow.

I wonder which story is the right one?

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Daring feat but I understand why he would do this. It's the ones who try to make it the OTHER WAY that I don't quite understand.

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It speaks volumes about a country when the departure of its citizens is described in terms of "escape." That verb is used for prisoners.

Although a major difference is that people escaping actual prisons are often considered risks to the outside whereas people escaping countries like NK are considered risks to the inside.

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I agree. But....How do we explain guys like this?

"UIJEONGBU, South Korea -- A US citizen was arrested by South Korean police Monday for crossing the Civilian Control Line near the inter-Korean border without a permit in an alleged attempt to enter North Korea, authorities concerned said"

"Hailing from Louisiana, the American reportedly came to the South three days ago and violated the line to enter the communist North for political purposes. "

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Fortunately, someone escaping from "paradise" survived.

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IF NK is such a wonderful place to live in, and the rest of the world are heathens, barbarians, infidel, etc, does any one know if any one has gone there to live from the west?

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