Everything you need to know about North Korea’s rebel group, and the recent embassy attack:

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Everything you need to know about North Korea’s rebel group, and the recent embassy attack:

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There is a new North Korean rebel group, called the Cheollima Civil Defence, also known as Free Joseon, stating that they are committed to overthrow North Korea’s ruling Kim dynasty. When research was being done about the group from several governmental agencies, multiple factors, such as the size of the organization, its funding, and membership still remain unclear. However, the group does seem to have a wide reach from its sources of social media. In a statement released by them during the beginning of March, they “vow to overthrow the North Korean system of oppression”, that is brutally ruled under the Kim regime. The civil defense team got the most publicity after claiming to have provided protection for Kim Jong-un’s nephew, whose father was assassinated with a nerve agent in 2017. The group’s name itself seems to have a hint of irony towards North Korea. The word, “Cheollima” comes from a mythical winged horse mythology character. The character is usually used by the country’s government in order to encourage economic development. However, the group decided to use the symbol to show rebellion.

 

Their recent act of Rebellion:

According to a Spanish High Court document, the group raided a North Korean embassy in the Spanish Capital of Madrid. According to BBC, the group was said to have entered the building on February 22nd, while they were “armed with machetes, knives, metal bars and cable ties and left with two computers, hard drives, USB drives and a mobile phone.” After the attack, the group refuted the claims, saying that no weapons were used and that the embassy staff was treated with respect during the invasion.

 

More information about the members of the group:

According to the BBC, one member of the group has been identified as a man named Adrian Hong Chang. He is said to be a human rights activist based in the U.S who co-founded the refugee aid agency, Liberty in North Korea. Court documents from Spain also claim that he was the ringleader of the embassy raid. However, the story gets weirder as other news sources found out the man was a Mexican citizen. It has been uncovered that his parents were missionaries in Mexico, making it easy for him to obtain his citizenship there. Now, with the fact that the identities of the members are being reported and discovered, it could be risky for the group to organize any future actions.