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Boycott North Korea’s ‘inhumane’ mass gymnastic displays, says ex-diplomat

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Defector calls on European tourists and online viewers to shun cultural displays that take children out of schoolThe highest-ranking official to defect from North Korea has called for Europeans to stop being an audience for the “child exploitation” in the country’s famous mass games.Thae Yong-ho, the former deputy ambassador to the UK, who defected in 2016, said travel companies and tourists should boycott the cultural displays, which attract large numbers of visitors and social media viewings. He said North Korean children already faced appalling rates of malnutrition, brainwashing and forced labour and the displays were yet another act of cruelty. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/may/30/boycott-north-koreas-inhumane-mass-gymnastic-displays-says-ex-diplomat

Author : Tracy McVeigh in Oslo

Publish date : 2019-05-30 04:00:01

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