South Korean protesters burn a North Korean flag and a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during an anti-North Korea rally outside Seoul Station on January 22 as a North Korean delegation arrives. Photo: AFP/Yonhap

The Olympics returns to South Korea 30 years on – and so do the protests

Donald Kirk reflects on the history of the Olympics in Korea, and notes the differences between the 2018 Winter Games and the 1988 Summer Olympics – today, the demonstrations are against North Korea, and the North can do much more than blow up airliners

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South Korean protesters burn a North Korean flag and a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during an anti-North Korea rally outside Seoul Station on January 22 as a North Korean delegation arrives. Photo: AFP/Yonhap
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Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk is an author and journalist from Washington, D.C., and travels to South Korea, with stops in London, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, among other places, writing on the confrontation of forces in the post-September 11 era. He was the Seoul correspondent for the International Herald Tribune from 1997 to 2003. Before gravitating to Northeast Asia, he covered much of the Vietnam War for the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Star. He has also written books on Korea, notably Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine and Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung.