Tourist Flicks Two Fingers Up At North Korean Military In Risky Selfie

A tourist visiting North Korea has taken a 'dangerous' selfie - giving Kim Jong-un's tanks a two-fingered salute.

Daniel Dobson, from Manchester, was visiting the highly secretive country when a military parade made its way past him.

Thirty-three-year-old Daniel said: "Prior to the trip, it was casually mentioned that tour guides within the country had seen unusual manoeuvring of the military within Pyongyang.

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"This could potentially mean one of two things - invasion of the South, or a flamboyant military procession through the city. Luckily it was the latter.

"We didn't have confirmation of the parade until the evening before, however. Like much of the itinerary, it was pretty ad-hoc, based on the whim of the North Koreans.

"We were brought to a street where people were lined up perfectly along the kerb - no shoving or people out of line - all waving red flowers.

"A few propaganda floats drove past with slogans in Korean - I had no idea of their meaning - and then the cheering got louder.

"Then almost out of nowhere tanks started to roll past with soldiers hanging out of the top of them, arms open wide."

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Daniel, who filmed parts of his trip for his YouTube channel, added: "At the time it didn't really cross my mind. I meant it more as a peace symbol which seemed more fitting given the context, and even more provocative a gesture.

"Someone online pointed it out that I'm also giving the tank a two-fingered salute."

Kim Jong-un, not known for being a chilled-out sort of fella, has previously sentenced tourists to hard labour for disrespecting him or the country.

Daniel went on: "I'd never wish to offend anyone, let alone anyone with automatic weaponry and authorisation to use it.

"But after days of following rules and being respectful it was a relief to be out of the watch of our Korean guides and I'm happy with this subtle act of defiance."

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He added that it was unusual to see the locals as excited as they were during the parade.

"It was hard not to get caught up in the hysteria with the locals," he said. "It was easy to forget that if push came to shove these soldiers would be fighting against freedoms which I cherish for a regime that I disagree with.

"Koreans in general are quite restrained and not prone to public displays of emotion or excitement, however, there was a noticeable increase in their cheering once the tanks started to roll past.

"They seemed relaxed and happy and some of them allowed me to take their picture. On the whole everyone I met was very warm and open, and proud of their country's military."

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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