February 4, 2023

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Mandatory mourning: Kim Jong-un bans laughing and drinking in North Korea on his father’s 10th anniversary

North Korean delegation visits statues of founder Kim Il-sung and former Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang (Reuters).

The 10 years that Kim Jong-un came to power are not a reason to celebrate in North Korea because that date is also remembered. 10th anniversary of the death of his father, Kim Jong Un, Which represents a common grief in the country, is more elaborate than previous commemorative events.

In this framework, the authorities of the communist dictatorship ordered the citizens It does not show any sign of happiness or joy in times of sorrow.

According to North Korean sources Radio Free Asia (RFA), has people Laughing, drinking or engaging in leisure activities are prohibited as a sign of celebration or entertainment.

Usually, the mourning period lasts a week, but on the 10th anniversary of Kim Jong Un’s death, Within 11 days.

According to the source RFAOn this Friday the 17th of Midday, citizens will not even be allowed to go shopping: it will be a full holiday. The radio also reported that security agents had been ordered to monitor people who were not properly affected by the mourning.

North Koreans leave garlands in front of statues of dead leaders (KCNA / Reuters)
North Koreans leave garlands in front of statues of dead leaders (KCNA / Reuters)

Earlier, according to the network, many people who were caught drunk or intoxicated during the mourning period were arrested and considered ideological criminals.

The founding son of North Korea has ruled since 1994. When he died of a heart attack at the age of 69, his third and youngest son was appointed current leader Kim Jong-un. In the first years of his tenure, there was a catastrophic famine that caused hundreds of thousands of deaths.

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The poorest country is currently subject to numerous international sanctions for its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program, and is suffering from chronic food shortages. Pyongyang is facing its worst economic crisis in years, with the self-imposed Govt locking up.

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