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Thursday, 14 March, 2002, 08:38 GMT
In pictures: Koreans' embassy dash
Twenty-five North Koreans on Thursday forced their way into the Spanish embassy in the Chinese capital, Beijing to seek political asylum.

The casually dressed group approached the Spanish embassy
The casually dressed group approached the Spanish embassy around the middle of the morning

Asylum seekers dash through gates
Suddenly they made a break, trying to rush the Chinese policemen guarding the embassy gates

Guards try to grab asylum seekers
The guards, hopelessly outnumbered, tried to hold on to individuals

Guard looks on as refugees dash past
It's all over - the group may have chosen the Spanish embassy because it is lightly guarded

Celebrations
Members of the group, who reportedly include six families and two orphan girls, leap in celebration

See also:

14 Mar 02 | Asia-Pacific
N Koreans storm Spanish embassy
13 Feb 02 | Asia-Pacific
US offers N Korea 'unconditional' talks
13 Feb 02 | Asia-Pacific
Man flees North Korea twice
03 Jan 02 | Asia-Pacific
'Record numbers' defect to S Korea
26 Jun 01 | Asia-Pacific
China's North Koreans in hiding
22 Aug 01 | Asia-Pacific
POW flees North Korea
14 Nov 01 | Asia-Pacific
Korean talks collapse
30 Jun 01 | Asia-Pacific
N Koreans reach southern refuge
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