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Pro-Pyongyang and gay

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21.10.2019
By David Tizzard

It's been an interesting couple of days for ambassadors based here in Seoul, South Korea.

And while one may think of diplomacy as some secret and revered art, carried out in dusty corridors by bespectacled aristocrats over glasses of red wine, that seriously neglects the power of one of the modern world's most powerful ― and dangerous ― tools.

Twitter.

Yep ― the dreaded "T" word. The place where bots, Russians, blue ticked-warriors, stans, armys, and social justice journalists go to play. So put on your lifejackets because we're going in.

And, let's start with the bad and end with the good so that at least if you do read this, you'll be nodding rather than tutting when you reach for your next click.

First was the story of the group of "Pro-Pyongyang" students that broke into the American Ambassador's private residence, Habib House, and staged a protest.

There was nothing too clandestine about their actions. In fact, it seems publicity was one of the very things they sought.

They placed a ladder up against the walls, climbed into the grounds, and then found their way inside so as to start their protest.

Perhaps they might have instead considered joining the RASKB because I was at the American Ambassador's residence this summer and certainly didn't need a ladder, just sunglasses.

Nevertheless, once inside, they photographed themselves holding up a banner in protest against the increasing financial responsibility vis-a-vis military spending and defence being placed on the ROK by the current American administration.

They also demanded Ambassador........

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