Secretive Anti-Kim Group Claims Responsibility for North Korean Embassy Raid in Madrid
A secretive anti-Kim Jong-un group calling itself Cheollima Civil Defense claimed responsibility on Tuesday, March 26, for the February 22 raid on the North Korean embassy in Madrid.In a statement released on its website, the group said it was “invited into the embassy” and did not use violence against the occupants.
It said the information it obtained was shared with the FBI.The Spanish Supreme Court confirmed this in a statement, saying that the suspected leader of the raid, named as AHC by the court, had contacted the FBI five days after the raid.
Spanish media gave the suspect’s full name as Adrian Hong Chang.
However, the court also alleged that the occupants of the embassy were “held in shackles” and beaten by the raiders.The court said AHC left Spain for Lisbon after the assault, and departed Lisbon for New York on February 23.A video shared by the group on its website on March 20 shows an individual smashing pictures of members of the Kim family.
The individual is blurred to obscure his identity, and the video says it was captured “on our homeland’s soil.” Storyful is unable to confirm the location of capture.On March 11, the group shared a video of a statement that is described as a “Declaration for a Free Joseon.” In the video, a woman, whose face is blurred to obscure her identity, reads statement in which she confirms “the estbalishment of Free Joseon, a provisional government” of North Korea.
The video was filmed in Tagpol Park in Seoul.The group has only released one other video, on March 7, 2017.
In the video, a man identified in reports as Kim Han-sol, the son of Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam, thanks “the governments of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the People’s Republic of China, the United States of America” for providing “emergency humanitarian assistance” to members of his family following the killing of Kim Jong-nam in Malaysia.
The US and South Korea accused North Korea of carrying out the killing.
Credit: Free Joseon/Cheollima Civil Defense via Storyful