Leftist Students Throw ‘Tantrum’ Over North Korea Defector’s Speech, Flyers Destroyed

5 North Korean defector’s speech about the horrors of communism has leftist students up in arms at Syracuse University, prompting a “tantrum” that included ripping up posters advertising the event. Yeonmi Park escaped the communist regime in 2007 and was invited to speak at the university earlier this month, only to be slandered as a “liar” and “b-tch” by members of the school’s liberal student body. The event was organized by the university’s College Republicans chapter in partnership with Young America’s Foundation.

Park is the author of the 2015 bestseller In Order to Live, wherein she writes about her experiences escaping the dictatorship and her perspective on modern American politics. Coverage of the event by the university newspaper The Daily Orange describes Park as someone who “has criticized concepts like political correctness, trigger warnings and ‘woke culture’ in her career.”

According to the College Republicans, over 100 attendees heard Park’s talk. That number likely would have been higher if not for the efforts of local leftists to tear down advertising for the event all across campus.

“They’re acting like children throwing a temper tantrum,” said John Parker, one of the event’s leading organizers.

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Photos obtained by Florida Jolt show several of the torn flyers, at least one of which was retrieved from the social media site Yik Yak, where students berated the Republican group for hosting Park. “The b-tch is a liar and a fraud,” one student commented.

“I don’t see how y’all are being ‘inclusive to all’… Respect other people’s viewpoints,” another commenter retorted, defending the event.

“I don’t respect people [who] are actively trying to take away my and others rights,” said one reply.

“I don’t have to respect anyone,” said another.

“They hate her because she is a living contradiction of their ideas. Not just in speech but life experience,” Parker said. “They cannot worm their way out of it the same way they can with arguments. Their only option is to try to discredit and destroy her so they don’t have to acknowledge reality.”

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Dominick Buehler, another attendee and member of the College Republican group, told Florida Jolt in a text that the student’s behavior was “disgusting, frankly.” He believes the protesters who tore down the posters are “impulsive and spoiled.”

“It’s childish and indicative of the fact that many in college do not come to learn, but to have a support network for their immature behavior and violent ideology… It’s also possible (and perhaps more likely) that they’re just impulsive and spoiled kids, and think they’re putting in work for the movement by tearing down a few posters.”

During her talk, Park told attendees that she escaped from North Korea when she was just 13 years old. After moving to the United States, she enrolled at Columbia University, where she studied economics. She famously opined that the American university system reminded her of the totalitarianism of her mother country.

“I expected that I was paying this fortune, all this time and energy, to learn how to think. But they are forcing you to think the way they want you to think,” Park told Fox News in 2021. “I realized, ‘Wow, this is insane.’ I thought America was different, but I saw so many similarities to what I saw in North Korea that I started worrying.”

Full Disclosure: John Parker, Dominick Buehler, and the author, Augustus LeRoux all attend Syracuse University and write for Florida Jolt.

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