Date
20 November 2017
The Chinese student was expelled from South Korea after he was found to have violated the conditions for his stay in the country. Photo: AFP
The Chinese student was expelled from South Korea after he was found to have violated the conditions for his stay in the country. Photo: AFP

Seoul deports Chinese student for pro-North Korea activities

Seoul has deported a Chinese student for posting hundreds of comments online sympathizing with North Korea and joining protests against the South Korean government, the Korea Times reported.

Although the deportation happened in August, the Ministry of Justice issued a confirmation only on Monday. It said the student, surnamed Song, cannot re-enter Korea for five years.

According to the ministry, Song violated sections of the Immigration Law by posting anti-government comments, both in Chinese and Korean, including those threatening President Park Geun-hye. He also participated in anti-government protests, the ministry said.

This is the first time a foreign student has been deported from South Korea on such charges, the newspaper said.

Song arrived in Korea on Dec. 14, 2012 on a D-4 visa, which is given to students who want to take up Korean language training courses.

Acting on information provided by the National Intelligence Service in August, immigration officers raided his accommodation in Seoul and found hundreds of anti-government banners and materials.

Song’s Facebook and blog pages were almost like “North Korea media”, filled with propaganda extolling the virtues of the despotic state and praising its leaders, the report quoted a ministry official as saying.

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