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North Korea observes late dictator's birth

April 15, 2011 at 7:50 PM   |   Comments

PYONGYANG, North Korea, April 15 (UPI) -- Rallies, cultural and sporting events highlighted North Korea's 99th birthday anniversary of the late Kim Il-sung, its state-run media said.

The 13th Kimilsungia Festival began Friday in Pyongyang to observe the birth of North Korean President Kim Il Sung, the dictatorship's official media outlet, the Korean Central News Agency reported.

While official exhibitions were being staged for the "Day of the Sun," activists in South Korea -- including North Korean defectors -- launched 200,000 leaflets across the border urging North Korean citizens to rise up and overthrow the government, The (South) Korea Times said.

The pamphlets included information concerning the revolutions in the Middle East along with $1,000 in U.S. dollar bills. Scuffles broke out at the South Korean site of the pamphlet launch between activists and those worried the activity might spark reprisals from the North, the Times said.

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