The Great Escape- DPRK Style
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Some 120 inmates escaped from a political concentration camp in northeastern North Korea several months ago in an unprecedented prison break, news reports said Tuesday.Pretty incredible news. You just never hear Amnesty Intl or other human rights groups decrying the camps in North Korea. It is always the evil US and Guantanamo bay.
The prisoners escaped from Hwasong camp in North Hamgyong, a province close to the Chinese and Russian borders, in December, the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper reported Wednesday.
Daily NK, a Seoul-based Internet news site focusing on North Korea, also carried a similar report on Tuesday.
Both reports cited multiple unnamed sources in North Korea.
An official at South Korea's Unification Ministry, which deals with North Korean affairs, said he was unable to confirm the reports but questioned their reliability. The official spoke on customary condition of anonymity.
News leaked from the reclusive North, which shuns outside access, is usually hard to confirm.
The Daily NK report said the area was put in a "state of emergency" after the prison break, calling it unprecedented.
The Hwasong prison camp -- located deep inside a mountain and encircled by high wire fences -- holds about 10,000 prisoners, Daily NK said. The escape seemed to have been carefully planned with outside help since the escapees drove off in a vehicle waiting outside the prison, according to the report.
Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are believed to be held in prison camps in the communist North for political reasons, according to U.S. government data.
If prisoners were given a choice, anyone want to take bets which camp would win?
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