Park Sang-nak, a North Korean defector, displays anti-North Korea leaflets before sending them by balloon into North Korea, at Imjinggak peace park in South Korea near the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas on Wednesday. Defectors from the North are hoping the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il may provide an opportunity for political change.
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Anti-North Korea protesters release balloons containing leaflets denouncing Kim Jong-Il at Imjinggak peace park in South Korea near the DMZ on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
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Son Jeong-hun, one of the rally's organizers, predicts that conflict among North Korea's elite factions will break out by early next year.
While North Korean mourners trudged through snow in Pyongyang to pay last respects to their "Dear Leader," defectors from the North now in South Korea are celebrating the sudden death of Kim Jong Il, who died from a heart attack this past weekend.
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