Found some nice photos from last night's Santa Monica vigil in support of the Los Angeles reporters for Current TV who went on trial today in North Korea. They are by Elizabeth Kim, who posted a bunch more at her Flickr stream. Relations grew more strained the last day or so between North Korea and its neighbors, both South Korea and China, and remain bad with the U.S. Which doesn't make things look any better for the captive journalists, as the BBC notes in its story today:
If the women are found guilty, analysts say they face at least five years detention with hard labour in a North Korean prison camp.
The women's families have appealed for clemency and asked North Korea and the United States not to link the case to the current diplomatic standoff between them.
But some analysts have suggested that a guilty verdict is almost certain.
Amnesty International has said it is highly unlikely the two women will face a fair trial because of the judicial system's lack of independence or transparency.
Below, Lisa Ling at the vigil with Michael Saldate, Lee's husband. The Ling's parents also attended. Here's a video story from Neon Tommy.