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Tens of thousands of people gather in honor of Kim Jong Il

Tens of thousands of people gathered Wednesday in the main square of Pyongyang to honor their “dear leader” Kim Jong II, whose leader Kim Jong Il died over the weekend.

On Saturday Kim Jong Il died at age 69 of a heart attack caused by overwork and stress, according to media plan, during an official visit by train. The funeral is scheduled for December 28.

On Tuesday the North Korean state television broadcast images of his body. On Wednesday a huge crowd covered the square Kim II Sung to lay wreaths in front of a huge portrait of their “dear leader”.

North Korea has stepped up security in cities and placed its army on high alert. The spokesman of the Ministry of Unification, Choi Bo-seon, said that the government did not find any specific troop movements in North Korea on Wednesday.

South Korean activists and defectors have released giant balloons containing tens of thousands of leaflets, some of which are opposed to the hereditary transfer of power in North Korea.

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