Image: Activist Ro Su-hui, center, shouts “Long Live Reunification” in front of North Korean officials and soldiers, foreground, before crossing the demarcation line between North and South Korea where South Korean officials, at rear, were waiting for him, at the Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjom on July 5, 2012.
South Korean authorities arrested a pro-reunification activist as he walked across the rival states’ heavily armed border on Thursday ending an unauthorized visit to Pyongyang in alleged violation of a bitterly disputed “anti-communism” law.
Ro Su-hui, who is a leader of a South Korean group that has maintained friendly ties with North Korean groups, had spent more than three months in Pyongyang attending national events that honored the late Kim Jong Il and criticized Seoul.
“While in the North I have felt that the North where the leader and the people form a harmonious whole will surely build a thriving nation thanks to political stability and strong economic potential,” Ro was quoted as saying on Tuesday by the North’s official KCNA news agency.
Image: Ro Su-hui, left, waves a flag depicting a unified Korean Peninsula to a crowd of North Korean supporters before crossing the demarcation line into South Korea on July 5, 2012.
Image: Ro Su-hui, center, is detained by South Korean officials as North Korean officials, foreground, look on, immediately after Ro crossed the demarcation line on July 5, 2012. South Korean police arrested the activist for “making an extended trip” to Pyongyang “without South Korean government approval” as required by the controversial “Security Law.”
Image: Ro Su-hui is led away tied up and cuffed by South Korean security officials towards a police station in the border city of Paju on July 5, 2012.