Kim Jong-un fury: North Korea rebellion as 70% of citizens breaking major rule

North Korea’s Supreme Leader – who already launched a bizarre war on sex earlier this year reflecting concerns about a perceived increase in promiscuity among teenagers – has now turned his attention to pop culture, according to the US backed Radio Free Asia (RFA) website. Kim’s regime is threatening brutal punishments after a senior Government official revealed a sizeable majority of the nation’s 25 million people watch television programmes and movies from the south, with pop music also on their radar.

According to the speaker in the video, 70 percent of residents nationwide are watching South Korean movies and dramas

Source in Chongjin

A series of video lectures showing people being punished for mimicking popular South Korean words and expressions, which was widely screened on July 3 and 4 has been seen by an RFA source.

The source, a resident of Chongjin, the capital of North Hamgyong province, said: “According to the speaker in the video, 70 percent of residents nationwide are watching South Korean movies and dramas.

“The speaker said with alarm that our national culture is fading away.

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Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s Supreme Leader (Image: PA)

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“In the video, an official from the Central Committee of the Korean Workers’ Party discussed the effort to eliminate South Korean words, and examples of how those using them were punished.”

The video lectures included footage of people being arrested and interrogated by the police.

The insider added: “Dozens of men and women had their heads shaved and they were shackled as investigators interrogated them.”

“In the video, an official from the Central Committee of the Korean Workers’ Party discussed the effort to eliminate South Korean words, and examples of how those using them were punished.”

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The video lectures included footage of people being arrested and interrogated by the police.

The insider added: “Dozens of men and women had their heads shaved and they were shackled as investigators interrogated them.

“In the video, an official from the Central Committee of the Korean Workers’ Party discussed the effort to eliminate South Korean words, and examples of how those using them were punished.”

The video lectures included footage of people being arrested and interrogated by the police.

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The insider added: “Dozens of men and women had their heads shaved and they were shackled as investigators interrogated them.”

Punishments are likely to be stepped up, RFA’s source said, adding: “Starting this month, the authorities will utilize various techniques, including more severe legal punishment, along with ideological education projects, to prevent the further infiltration of South Korean culture.”

An official of the Pyongyang municipal judicial agency, also speaking on condition of anonymity, added: “Authorities again strongly ordered Pyongyang and other urban areas across the country to severely punish those who imitate South Korean language.”

Using an honorific title for Kim himself, the official added: “In May, a total of 70 young people were arrested after the two-month crackdown by the Pyongyang police, which came as the Highest Dignity issued an order to ‘strongly wage a struggle against a culture of unusual thought’.

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“The arrested youth are suspected of failing to protect their identities and ethnicities by imitating and disseminating South Korean words and pronunciation.

“From some time ago in Pyongyang, the trend of watching South Korean movies and dramas and imitating South Korean words and writings took hold among young people, but it wasn’t much of a problem until now, as police had taken bribes when catching them in the act.

“However, the authorities’ position is that the education stage for teenagers is over, so the party’s legal and administrative punishment for allowing the invasion of South Korean culture will be much more severe in the future.”

Kim has railed against a “capitalist cultural invasion” in the past, and ordered the “destruction of non-socialist phenomena” in 2017.

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In May, North Korea’s official newspaper, The Rodong Shinmun, told the country’s young people: “If you cannot remain vigilant against a single movie or a song, and imitate it, the national culture will gradually become discoloured, and the rotten lifestyle of materialism will prevail.”

Also in May, an edict by Kim’s Government condemned the “immoral sexual behaviour” of students, declaring their “impure acts” to be treasonous, with parents and teachers also facing punishment if they fail to control their behaviour.

Another source told RFA: “The reason behind this order is that the local Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League in Sinuiju inspected high school students, and found that some high school boys and girls hang out with local gangsters, live together, and commit immoral acts such as prostitution.

“The committee defined sexual promiscuity among teenagers as a treasonous act that helps the enemy to destroy our society.”



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