North Korea

Report: North Koreans punished for insincere mourning

When Kim Jong Il died last month, I was among those who wondered how much of the mass displays of sobbing by North Koreans was genuine. And I worried about those who did not appear sufficiently grief-stricken.

Now the website Daily NK has a report that I find hard to believe even for North Korea. But then again, it is North Korea.

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.

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