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According to South Korea’s military, a North Korean soldier has been shot while defecting to the South at the heavily protected Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

The defector was injured by his own military as he crossed to the South Korean side of the Joint Security Area in the village of Panmunjom.

The soldier has been taken to hospital.

About 1,000 people from North Korea flee to South Korea each year – but very few defect via the DMZ.

This is the fourth defection by a North Korean soldier via the DMZ – one of the world’s most heavily guarded strips of land – in the last three years.

North Korea and South Korea are technically still at war, since the conflict between them ended in 1953 with a truce and not a formal peace treaty.

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According to a statement from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the North Korean soldier made it across by passing through the Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjom, which is the only portion of the DMZ where both forces stand face-to-face.

“He crossed from a North Korea post towards our Freedom House [a building on the South Korean side of the border],” the statement said.

The soldier was hit in the arm and shoulder by gunfire, it added.

According to South Korean media this is only the third defection across the JSA since the end of the Cold War. The last time a soldier crossed was in 2007, and before that in 1998.

The number of North Koreans defecting to the South in the first two-thirds of this year dropped by 13% compared with 2016.

According to South Korean officials, from January to August 2017, 780 North Koreans escaped to South Korea.


The fall is believed to be a result of tighter government surveillance and reinforced border security by both North Korea and China.

The majority of the defectors flee via China, which has the longest border with North Korea that is easier to cross than the heavily protected Demilitarized Zone.

South Korea says more than 30,000 North Koreans have defected to the South since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

According to South Korea officials, a North Korean soldier has walked across one of the world’s most heavily militarized borders to defect to the South.

The solder, in his late teens, approached a South Korean guard post in north-eastern Hwacheon in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) on June, South Korea’s defense ministry said.

There was no exchange of fire and the soldier is now being held in custody.

It is extremely rare for defectors to walk across the DMZ. The last time it happened was in 2012.North Korea soldier DMZ

Most defectors cross over into China, then make their way through South East Asia and then into South Korea.

The DMZ is fortified with landmines and barbed wire and guarded by tens of thousands of troops on both side.

Hundreds of North Koreans flee poverty and a repressive regime at home each year.

In August 2014, two North Koreans swam across the Yellow Sea border to a South Korean island.

Of the nearly 28,000 North Koreans who have resettled in South Korea, most of them left the country through the border with China, and not through the DMZ.

This is because the 155 mile-long DMZ is heavily guarded, littered with anti-personnel landmines.

The last time a North Korean soldier defected through the wire fence was in October 2012, when a solider managed to cross undetected.

Recently, there has been increased activity by North Korean soldiers in the DMZ and some believe the North has been trying to make defections more difficult.

Noah’s Ballroom – The Pit a strange and exciting venue at Outlook Festival 2011

Noah’s Ballroom – The Pit a strange and exciting venue at Outlook Festival 2011

 

Outlook Festival 2011, the fourth edition of an event started in Fort Punta Christo, Croatia, began on Thursday, September 1.

 

The festival features artists from the dance scenes, line-up includes  biggest names in Soundsystem Culture from Dub, Dubstep, Dancehall, Drum & Bass, Hip-hop, Grime, Garage, Electronica and Bass Music.

Outlook Festival 2011 is held in an amazing location, an abandoned fort in Pula, in the region of Istria, Croatia.

Fort Punta Christo was built in the eighteen hundreds and looks like something from a lost world. The fort is located on a peninsula and is surrounded by Adriatic Sea. During the day sun-soaked beach parties and boat parties are held and during the night the Fort becomes a strange, yet attractive and exciting place.

 

This year the Outlook Festival 2011 has two new arenas, the moat surrounding Fort Punta Christo, and the Harbour Stage where Outlook Festival 2011  showcase most of the headliners.

The Dungeon: a "Gothic" venue of Outlook Festival 2011

The Dungeon: a "Gothic" venue of Outlook Festival 2011

 

The Courtyard, The Dungeon, Noah’s Ballroom – The Pit, Oustide Arena, Mungos Arena, Main Arena, The Boats, The Beach, TheFort are the other venues of the event.

Headline performers this year are: Mala&Coki, DMZ, Macka B (live), Michael Prophet&Dub Asante (live), Mad Professor, Iration Steppas, Nero, Zinc, Roots Manuva, Skream

On the Dubstep: Distance, Quest, Pinch,  Engine Earz (live), Submotion Orchestra (live), Seven, Joe Kane, Stenchman, Rouge State, Marchmellow, Daddy Nature, Captain Crunch, Play Dub. T, Luxton Brothers, Joe Dubz, Shackleton

Dub/Reggae: Gentleman’s Dub Club, Kanka (live), Radikal Dub Kolektiv (live), Dub Boy, Firehouse Sound, Trip to Zion Dj’s, Evergreen&Landlord, Inspirational Sounds, Digitron, Daddy U, Maffi (live), Count Skylarkin, Sammy Dread, Reggae Roast

 Hip-Hop/Beats/Electronica: Rodney&Skitz, Task Force, Broke’n’£nglish, Verb T, Kashmere, Oneman, Brackles.

 

Last year, after the festival, Outlook Festival Croatia’s Christmas Reunion took place at The Coronet Theatre in London. The tickets for Outlook Festival 2012 will be on sale from mid September 2011. Outlook Festival 2011 ends on September 4.