South Korean activists Wednesday launched balloon-borne leaflets into North Korea that call on the public to reject the leadership of Kim Jong Il’s designated successor. Activists are seizing a unique moment to stoke public opposition to the North’s authoritarian government.

With the North’s territory in sight just across a bridge, the crowd cheered for favorable wind currents.

The group, led by a North Korean defector, has carried out similar launches before. But this is the first time their leaflets address the death of the man North Koreans know as the “Dear Leader.”

The leaflets say “Kim Jong Il descended into hell” and display his image next to authoritarian figures like Libya’s Moammar Qaddafi and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak.

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