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Missing Dutch tourist appears in North Korean newspaper
BNO News ^ | 08/10/11

Posted on 08/11/2011 4:06:08 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Missing Dutch tourist appears in North Korean newspaper

By BNO News

PYONGYANG (BNO NEWS) -- A Dutch tourist who has gone missing during a business trip to North Korea appeared in a state-run newspaper on Wednesday to praise the country's recent elections.

Willem van der Bijl, 59, who is the owner of a post stamp collection shop in the Dutch city of Utrecht, traveled to the Asian country in early July to buy North Korean stamps and paintings. He was scheduled to fly back to the Netherlands on July 30 but never took the flight.

A report from the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 25 said Van der Bijl had visited a polling station on July 24 when North Koreans voted in local elections. "Wim van der Bijl from [the] Netherlands noted his visit to the polling station helped him know better about the reality of the DPRK," KCNA reported.

But a posting on the website of the state-run Pyongyang Times on Wednesday showed a small photo of Van der Bijl along with a brief personal message about the elections. He said it is his 24th visit to the country, which is officially known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

"Looking round the poll, I have been greatly impressed by the free and democratic elections and I have had a better understanding of the DPRK's reality," Van der Bijl said, according to the newspaper. "In the DPRK every citizen is eligible to vote and to be elected. Those who have worked a lot for the people are elected as deputies."

Van der Bijl, who is a known admirer of North Korea and its propaganda paintings, described the election system in the country as 'really excellent.' "What I'd like to say more is that whenever I visit the country I can see more and more modern structures rising here and there. And I realize the developing reality of the country," he added.

It is unknown if Van der Bijl is the actual writer of the opinion piece as he has not contacted his family since July 18, which is unusual. The article said Van der Bijl will return to North Korea in 2012 to commemorate the 100th birthday of the late President Kim Il Sung. His family has confirmed that Van der Bijl was planning to return to North Korea next year.

A spokesperson for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs previously confirmed that Van der Bijl had been reported missing by his family. "It is very difficult to request the government in North Korea to search the man. The nearest embassy is in Switzerland's Bern," the spokesperson said. "It is a difficult country, but we are working hard on this. But it is a worrying case."

During the local elections in North Korea last month, all voters approved the candidates who ran unopposed. Residents in the Asian country are legally required to vote during elections unless they have left the country with approval or if they work at sea. And although voters can vote against the candidate by picking up a red pen, doing so would result in immediate arrest and severe sentences.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: disappearance; dutch; nkorea
Something is not right.
1 posted on 08/11/2011 4:06:13 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; nw_arizona_granny; ...

2 posted on 08/11/2011 4:08:22 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
A Dutch tourist who has gone missing during a business trip to North Korea appeared in a state-run newspaper on Wednesday to praise the country's recent elections.

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A spokesperson for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs previously confirmed that Van der Bijl had been reported missing by his family. "It is very difficult to request the government in North Korea to search the man. The nearest embassy is in Switzerland's Bern," the spokesperson said. "It is a difficult country, but we are working hard on this. But it is a worrying case."

Note to self: Never make a business trip to a place where your own freaking government doesn't even have an embassy.

3 posted on 08/11/2011 4:11:21 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Either the guy is a fool or he is being held hosatge. Why would anyone go to North Korea willingly?


4 posted on 08/11/2011 4:13:11 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: caver

for the extreme diet plan?


5 posted on 08/11/2011 4:19:14 AM PDT by usmcobra
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I wonder if the reason he’s gone there so much is that he has a girlfriend there?

Or he could be a nut.


6 posted on 08/11/2011 4:31:54 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

He’s Dutch!
The Dutch are the same people who have an army with a union.
That tells it all.


7 posted on 08/11/2011 4:34:51 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (2012 is the opportunity to get rid of Obama and his Empire of Lies.)
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To: nuconvert

......he has a girlfriend there?....

Or, he is Queer


8 posted on 08/11/2011 4:37:23 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ....Rats carry plague)
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To: usmcobra

I never thought of that! North Korea does have something to offer.


9 posted on 08/11/2011 4:38:25 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: caver
The same type person who says, "President Obama is doing a good job."

A liberal.

10 posted on 08/11/2011 4:40:21 AM PDT by Realman30 ("I've already made a donation to Haiti. It's called taxes". . . . El Rushbo.)
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To: Realman30

Ha! Good one!


11 posted on 08/11/2011 4:42:26 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: bert

or a pedophile, or worse


12 posted on 08/11/2011 4:43:38 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Wow! The Pyongyang Times actually has a Twitter account even though their people are forbidden to use the internet!

http://twitter.com/PyongyangTimes


13 posted on 08/11/2011 4:46:32 AM PDT by tsowellfan (Let's make the 2012 campaign: "The War on Error")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

“Van der Bijl, who is a known admirer of North Korea and its propaganda paintings...’

A moron. Keep him.


14 posted on 08/11/2011 4:49:00 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: bert

NK dominatrix went too far. She whipped him to death.:-)


15 posted on 08/11/2011 4:56:32 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: tsowellfan
Did you read it? LOL!!! They reported that they beat Portugal 90-0 in the World Cup....a little internet research actually has Portugal beating them 7-0...No wonder they don't want their people to have the internet!!
16 posted on 08/11/2011 4:57:38 AM PDT by LexRex in TN ("A republic, if you can keep it.......")
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To: tsowellfan

That’s a parody site.


17 posted on 08/11/2011 5:20:11 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Yeah I just noticed that they also follow the Onion.

Cable and the internet need a parody network called something like BSNBC.com where everything reported about republicans is bad and Obama is sitting to the right of God. We need a site/TV network that mocks the dems to the point of exposure. It should be 24 hours of news and could be set up like this parody video of al jazeera news.

http://youtu.be/tLnmO-akrnI

The GOP should also have the equivelent of the Democrats' CNN, MSNBC, CBS 24 hour (NON-parody) cable and online News and it should be called GOP TV (We Admit It - They Don't). GOP TV could offer the latest news from the perspective of the right but also be a Media Watchdog (similar to Newsbusters) where they expose the MSM for their bias.

Remember FoxNews is Center and is the most fair and balanced news network in America. Even if you think it's "right wing" news you should NEVER admit it. It is not republican nor conservative. It's in the middle.

So, we do need to compete with the democrats networks: CNN, MSNBC and CBS with our own: GOPTV.

18 posted on 08/11/2011 5:38:00 AM PDT by tsowellfan (Let's make the 2012 campaign: "The War on Error")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I have met people who travel a lot, who pride themselves on going to places few have. Some especially like to go to places that the state department warns about. Oh don’t believe that, they’re safe, they say.

They don’t like it when I compare playing tourist in north korea to playing tourist at a nazi death camp, while helping to fund it.


19 posted on 08/11/2011 5:50:26 AM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Mount Athos

They should fill out a consent form to U.S. gov, to the effect that I know the danger involved and should I get into trouble, gov is not responsible for getting me out and free to void my citizenship.


20 posted on 08/11/2011 5:56:18 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Am inclined to believe this man is dead. Something about "really" excellent" as well...

. Looks like this this Gov. has found a rather clever way to redirect doubt.

. As for those who may be suspicious....go ahead and 'make their day'.

21 posted on 08/11/2011 6:09:24 AM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not madhttp://atlasshrugs2000e in the USA either.. .)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

There are two things I hate:

People who are intolerant of other peoples’ cultures, and the Dutch.


22 posted on 08/11/2011 6:11:34 AM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: nuconvert

Yes, was thinking that too if not dead, than perhaps a girlfriend. in which case, why would Gov not make him a ‘poster boy’ in full disclosure...


23 posted on 08/11/2011 6:15:05 AM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not madhttp://atlasshrugs2000e in the USA either.. .)
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To: nuconvert

Yes, was thinking that too if not dead, than perhaps a girlfriend. in which case, why would Gov not make him a ‘poster boy’ in full disclosure...


24 posted on 08/11/2011 6:15:05 AM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not madhttp://atlasshrugs2000e in the USA either.. .)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Judging by his Karl Marx beard, I’d venture to guess that he really did say all of those things.


25 posted on 08/11/2011 6:20:48 AM PDT by lwd
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To: PLMerite

Actually this liberal may be smart-

He is collecting propaganda paintings -to Sell.
sort of like those old Che pictures that now adorn
every liberal T-shirt. Just one problem so far...
the rest of the liberal world is following-cuba,venuzuela
vietnam,china- the norks are just too nuts even for them
to buy “dear leader” pictures.


26 posted on 08/11/2011 6:24:35 AM PDT by mj1234
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To: OldMissileer

Nigel Powers! lol


27 posted on 08/11/2011 6:25:59 AM PDT by lwd
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To: mj1234
Yep, it's very much a niche market.
Nork paraphernalia, including Chia Head T-shirts, are only good for Halloween.
28 posted on 08/11/2011 6:28:34 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; mickie
Q: - Do you know why the Dutch wear wooden shoes?

A: - To keep the woodpeckers off their heads.

Leni

29 posted on 08/11/2011 6:31:37 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Too Bad Those of Us who Work for a Living Have to Support Those who Vote for a Living)
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To: lwd
Nigel Powers! lol

:-)

30 posted on 08/11/2011 6:47:03 AM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: cricket

His pic makes him look old, fat and soft. He would not survive the reeducation camps.


31 posted on 08/11/2011 7:02:54 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: TigerLikesRooster

What is the price of a DPRK stamp outside the DPRK? I’m not a stamp collector, but that place is so freakishly bizarre that sitting here even **I** want one...!

I’ll bet that kook is making a killing on NK stamps. That suckah has all kind of weird twisted propaganda $tuff, I’ll bet.

Is (was?) he enamored with the DPRK? Oh, I’m sure of it —he’s nuttier than Van Gogh. He’s open-minded and “understands” them (stifled laughter).

Maybe they’ll cut his ear off...?

When they finally returned once western prisoner awhile back the DPRK prison authorities arranged in prison for that dude 2b filmed having intercourse with a MAN —that sounds impossible, right? Naw, he was drugged up and didn’t even know it at the time. This was so they’d have a tool to keep that guy more quiet after they released him.

Super gross, huh?

Those people have cruelty down to a form of art.


32 posted on 08/11/2011 9:30:43 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: tsowellfan

I like the video!

Re GOPTV: The $olution i$ quite $imple, if you take my meaning.


33 posted on 08/11/2011 11:54:57 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Sounds like a useless idiot.


34 posted on 08/11/2011 6:11:33 PM PDT by tanuki (O-voters: wanted Uberman, got Underdog....)
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