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North Korea Punishes Mourners For Not Crying

From the Daily NK:

Harsh Punishments for Poor Mourning

By Choi Song Min

The North Korean authorities have completed the criticism sessions which began after the mourning period for Kim Jong Il and begun to punish those who transgressed during the highly orchestrated mourning events.

Daily NK learned from a source from North Hamkyung Province on January 10th, “The authorities are handing down at least six months in a labor-training camp to anybody who didn’t participate in the organized gatherings during the mourning period, or who did participate but didn’t cry and didn’t seem genuine.”

Furthermore, the source added that people who are accused of circulating rumors criticizing the country’s 3rd generation dynastic system are also being sent to re-education camps or being banished with their families to remote rural areas.

Daily NK earlier reported news that criticism sessions were being held at all levels of industry, in enterprises and by local people’s units starting on December 29th, the last day of the mourning period. A source said at the time that the central authorities had ordered the sessions to be completed by January 8th.

The North Hamkyung source commented of the sessions that they "created a vicious atmosphere of fear, causing people to accuse ‘that young upstart’ (Kim Jong Eun) of preying on the people now that he has taken power."

That seems strangely familiar.

Along with criticism sessions, the authorities also turned up the heat on efforts to idolize Kim Jong Eun immediately after the mourning period ended, something which has yet to let up. “Every day from 7am until 7pm they have vehicles for broadcast propaganda parked on busy roads full of people going to and from work, noisily working to proclaim Kim Jong Eun’s greatness,” the source explained.

Gee, that sounds a lot like what our news media does, too.

The intense propaganda is said to be taking its toll on the people as well, with the source commenting, “People in factories and schools, regional and ward Party members, members of the Youth League and the Union of Democratic Women are all being made to study the Joint New Year’s Editorial and the greatness of Kim Jong Eun in the morning and afternoon, with the sessions packed so tightly together without a break that people are just exhausted.”

That also sounds like our education establishments.

For the record, the Daily NK is an online newspaper founded in 2004. It is run by opponents of the North Korean government who are based in South Korea. It regularly reports stories from inside North Korea via a network of informants inside the country.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 12th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “North Korea Punishes Mourners For Not Crying”

  1. Mithrandir says:




  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I had hoped, when I was but a mere lad, that someday when the century turned or the planets aligned just right that despots, dictators and evil henchmen, like I learned about in school from the days of WW II and before, would eventually becomes wisps of memory.

    But such is the altruistic nature of youth. I grew up and realized that there will always be bad people and, even worse, evil people to promote those bad people. The reasons for this are many and none of them have anything to do with “the common good” or “decency”.

    Liberals never grow up and because of that they have to try to deal with bad or evil people in a rationalistic fashion. Obama is the quintessential example of such thinking, but it also probably has something to do with his desires to run a nation in a dictatorial fashion because he’s convinced he knows better than the rest of the citizens who pay his salary and tolerate his abuses of power. But with so many examples of bad leadership available, it’s amazing that few political leaders say anything about it. What’s even more disturbing is Obama’s embracing of same. Making friends (or trying to) with those who murder their own peoples, condemn freedom and see the world through very vicious, angry eyes.

    Despotic rule always seems obvious when it’s in the history books and to conservatives in general but why is it that liberals cannot seem to comprehend it? Or is it simply a matter of “birds of a feather”? Seems likely, given the policies of the past hundred years wreaked upon us by democrats in the name of “fairness”. Jobs evaporating from our very borders seems at least one glaring example. Control of the education message is another. Then there’s the tsunami of federal regulating agencies that really just suck up money and don’t do anything they were intended to do; EPA, DOE, etc.

    And then it comes down to the citizens. How and why do they stand for it? Is a peaceful life more tolerable under despotism than standing up and fighting for what’s right? I guess it must be for our ancestors knew that the freedoms of their offspring were at stake. So here we are again…it’s pretty much 1939 all over again and the same shitty, self-serving governments abound all over the world, people worldwide are held in hostage and the United States is barreling towards socialism in the style of that great economic failure known as Europe.

    Not the world I had hoped to spend the last half of my life in but it’s the only one we have. It sucks but I need to find out how to keep the government away from me and live a life I enjoy. I have learned that nasty, tiny little people who want to stick their fingers in my life are never going to go away so I have to determine how to preserve my personal freedoms and make sure they are damaged in the process.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    This calls for team America!! G**D***!!

    (for those with style and taste Google Team America … hilarious)

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    And we’re worried about these clowns? Where’s Reagan when you need him. “1, 2, 3 strikes! You’re Out!”

  5. Anonymoose says:

    I agree Rusty. From the time I was a teenager it’s been a gradual feeling that I don’t know this world and everything I thought the world was has been turned upside down.

    Over and over I see the same approach from Liberals, that people have to be “taught” how to think and what to do; that they know better than everyone else and they will do a lot of wrong and bad things they think are for our own good.

    The trouble is the better world they promise never arrives, and like everyone else they get used to the trappings of power and money.

    As for why North Koreans don’t revolt, it’s partly the self preservation that everyone has, but mostly they’ve been brainwashed and don’t know anything else.

    In the end we all live in two worlds; the politically correct dystopia the media and education system preaches to us, and the real world of what we think and believe in private.

  6. canary says:

    How can endless footage of the military zoomed in on’s mourning and dropping to the ground with not one tear go after the poor people.

    Video’s didn’t even show Jung Un with one tear at the snow white glass coffin memorial.

    Saw one pic of Jung Un with wet eyes and anguish no doubt taken when he lost playing mango game with himself.

  7. wirenut says:

    Well said Rusty! The bad guy’s never sleep. Over there, or here at home. The “good” in people never sleeps either. Be vigilant.

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