Bands and banners and waving crowds gave 300 Korean exiles a boisterous send-off on the first stage of their journey of repatriation to North Korea, Dec. 10.
Bands and banners and waving crowds gave 300 Korean exiles a boisterous send-off on the first stage of their journey of repatriation to North Korea, Dec. 10. Demonstrators of South Korean origin and affiliations attempted to stop the train leaving Tokyo for Niigata, where two Soviet ships will transport about 1,000 Koreans back to their homeland.
About fifteen hundred police put the Tokyo station under a state of siege. But along the line a small group lay in front of the train. They were dragged away and arrested.
South Korea has threatened many things - sanctions, rupture of diplomatic relations and force - against Japan for allowing these exiles to be taken to North Korea and "slavery". But at Niigata port Japanese Red Cross officials, supervised by the International Red Cross, will screen each returning exile to ensure all are going of their own free will.
About 5,000 Koreans in Japan have asked to be repatriated. This is something less then 5% of the total Koreans in the country.