A South Korean man and his supporters demanded on Sunday December 8th that North Korea returns his father, 50 years after Pyongyang hijacked a plane carrying 50 South Koreans on board.
The father, Hwang Won, was on a domestic Korean Air flight from Gangneung bound to Seoul's Gimpo airport on December 11th, 1969 when the aircraft was hijacked by a North Korean spy 10 minutes after take-off and made to land in Pyongyang, according to AFP.
Two months later, 39 passengers returned, but the North never returned 11 people, including Hwang whose son, who was two-years old at the time of the hijacking, has continued to fight for his release, business-standard.com has reported.
Hwang Won had been dragged away after resisting interrogation and objecting to North Korea's ideology, the returning passengers said.
Dozens of supporters at Imjingak, just south of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas, joined Hwang In-cheol, now in his 50s, on Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the hijacking next Wednesday.
In a petition calling for the release of his father, Hwang said, "World leaders won't do anything about this until enough of us speak up."
"North Korea is the worst country in the world, and will remain so until humanity forces it to change," he added.