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South Koreans Send Banned Chocolate to North Korea Via Balloon

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A group of South Korean activists sent balloons across the North Korean border on Wednesday. The reason? To provide North Koreans with a chocolate snack reportedly banned by North Korean officials.

About 200 anti-Pyongyang (the North Korean capitol) South Koreans gathered in the border town Paju to release 50 helium filled balloons, all of them carrying bags full of Choco Pies.

Choco Pies are a favored snack in both Koreas, a coated marshmallow cake dipped in chocolate similar to Moon Pies, and they’ve been a key point in the turbulent history between North and South Korea. North Korea’s regime has regulated the sweet treats as incentives for factory workers, spawning a black market for trading them at sharply inflated prices.

Since the start of this black market, Pyongyang officials reportedly banned the snack altogether since Choco Pies, produced in South Korea, had become an unofficial unit of currency.

“Embarrassed by the growing popularity of Choco Pie, North Korea banned it as a symbol of capitalism,” said Choo Sun-Hee, one of the organizers of the balloon launch. “We will continue to send Choco Pie by balloons because it is still one of the most popular foodstuffs especially among hungry North Koreans.”

This protest is a great way to peacefully speak out against the unjust North Korean regime while providing the North Korean citizenry with some sort of common decency and a treat they simply don’t get often enough.

It’s not the first time these South Korean activists have protested via balloon either. They often send across balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang leaflets, despite the North Korean brass demanding the peaceful protests be stopped.

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