North Koreans flee to German school in Beijing

30th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

30 June 2004 , SEOUL - Four people claiming to be North Korean refugees have entered the grounds of a German school in Beijing, according to media reports Wednesday. Yonhap, the South Korean news agency, quoted activists aiding the refugees as saying that five North Koreans - four women and one man - had attempted to enter the German school, but one woman was arrested by the Chinese police. They were all escapees from North Korea, reported Yonhap.

30 June 2004

SEOUL - Four people claiming to be North Korean refugees have entered the grounds of a German school in Beijing, according to media reports Wednesday.

 Yonhap, the South Korean news agency, quoted activists aiding the refugees as saying that five North Koreans - four women and one man - had attempted to enter the German school, but one woman was arrested by the Chinese police.

They were all escapees from North Korea, reported Yonhap.

The South Korean Embassy in Beijing said it will make efforts to gain custody of the North Koreans as soon as their entry into the German school is confirmed.

This is the fourth time North Korean refugees have successfully enter the Beijing German school. In September 2002, 15 defectors entered and were allowed to go to South Korea via a third country after a one-night stay. In February eight escapees took shelter and earlier this month six people claiming to be North Koreans entered the school grounds.

Last month five North Korean refugees entered the German embassy in Beijing seeking asylum.

Tens of thousands of North Koreans are living illegally in China after escaping over the border to escape hunger and the oppressive Stalinist regime.

 

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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