Balloon-Launching North Korean Defector Assaults Journalists

Park Sang-hak also attacked the intervening police with a pepper spray.

Video: Park Sang-hak attacked journalists with a brick.  Credit: Videomug.

Prosecutors recommended two years in prison for North Korean defector and activist Park Sang-hak 박상학 for assault charges against journalists.

On June 26, Park had thrown bricks at SBS News journalists who visited his home for a comment regarding the government’s recent ban on sending propaganda leaflets to North Korea, a campaign primarily led by Park’s group Fighters for a Free North Korea 자유북한운동연합, then fired a gas-powered pepper spray on the police who responded to the scene. One of the journalists was hospitalized after suffering a concussion.

The court will sentence Park on August 12.

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