Thursday, March 25, 2021

Six North Korean border guards defect to China 'due to hunger and fatigue'

 A unit of six North Korean border soldiers has defected to China, according to reports, in a sign of the increasingly high level of discontent in the reclusive country.

The Telegraph

While there has been a steady stream of one or two guards fleeing the authoritarian country a group this large is highly unusual.

The soldiers fled across the Yalu River on the border with China earlier this month along with their weapons, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported this week.

The unit was part of the 25th Border Guard brigade, which has been deployed to stop other North Koreans from escaping, and reportedly complained of being overworked and underfed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to RFA.

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