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On birthday of Kim Il Sung, protesters burn effigies of DPRK's holy trinity

Dozens of South Korean activists burn effigies with the portraits of North Korea's late president Kim Il Sung (L), his grandson Kim Jong Un (C), and late leader Kim Jong Il (R) during a rally in Seoul on April 15, 2013.
Credit: Kim Jae-Hwan

While North Korea marked the birth of its founder Kim Il Sung with flowers and the usual show of reverence, a group of South Koreans burned effigies of the Kim family on Monday.

Pictures of the North's holy trinity, Kim Il Sung (Great Leader), the late Kim Jong Il (Dear Leader), and current ruler Kim Jong Un went up in flames in Seoul as protesters chanted slogans and held placards.

It was suspected that the North would during its celebrations launch a missile test, inflaming already high tensions in the Korean Peninsula. But South Korea said there had been no signs of a missile launch. 

"North Korea is not believed to have launched a missile on the occasion of the Day of the Sun of which today's is the 101st," said defense ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok.

"But the military is not easing up on its vigilance on the activities of the North's military with the view that they can conduct a provocation at any time," Min-seok added.  

  • Dozens of South Korean activists hold anti-North Korea placards and chant slogans during an anti-Pyongyang rally in Seoul on April 15, 2013, marking the 101st birthday of the North's founder and late president Kim Il Sung.
    Credit: Kim Jae-Hwan
  • South Koreans hold effigies of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, and current leader Kim Jong Un during an anti-North Korea rally on April 15, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea.
    Credit: Chung Sung-Jun
  • Dozens of South Korean activists burn effigies with the portraits of North Korea's late president Kim Il Sung (L), his grandson Kim Jong Un (C), and late leader Kim Jong Il (R) during a rally in Seoul on April 15, 2013.
    Credit: Kim Jae-Hwan
  • Dozens of South Korean activists burn effigies with the portraits of North Korea's late president Kim Il Sung (L), his grandson Kim Jong Un (C), and late leader Kim Jong Il (R) during a rally in Seoul on April 15, 2013.
    Credit: Kim Jae-Hwan
  • South Korean protesters deface a North Korean flag during a rally against North Korea on April 15, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea.
    Credit: Chung Sung-Jun
  • South Korean protesters chant slogans during a rally demonstrating against North Korea on April 15, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea.
    Credit: Chung Sung-Jun
  • South Korean protesters chant slogans during a rally demonstrating against North Korea on April 15, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea.
    Credit: Chung Sung-Jun
  • Dozens of South Korean activists hold anti-North Korea placards and chant slogans during an anti-Pyongyang rally in Seoul on April 15, 2013.
    Credit: Kim Jae-Hwan

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