North Korea bans laughing, drinking on 10th anniversary of Kim Jong-il’s death

People attend an oath-taking meeting ahead of the 10th anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang, North Korea on December 16, 2021. (Credit: KCNA via Reuters)

North Koreans are also prohibited from shouting out loud on the anniversary, even if someone should lose a family member, according to a report.

  • Last update:December 17, 2021, 10:28 IST

North Korea has banned its citizens from laughing, shopping or drinking, as part of an 11-day mourning period starting today on the tenth anniversary of the former’s death. leader Kim Jong-il. Kim Jong-il ruled North Korea from 1994 to 2011, before being replaced by his youngest son Kim Jong-un. According to Radio Free Asia, a North Korean from the northeastern border town of Sinuiju said that besides drinking alcohol and laughing, participating in leisure activities is also prohibited during this time. On the anniversary, grocery stalls are also prohibited. The RFA source added that in the past, when people flouted these rules, they were treated as “ideological criminals” who were “taken away and never seen again”. According to them, people are not allowed to shout out loud during the time of mourning, even if a family member dies.

The source added that birthdays are also not to be celebrated during this time. A second source from the western province of South Hwanghae told RFA that the police are looking for people who do not seem to be grieving enough, and are mandated to crack down on those who “harm the mood of collective mourning” as soon as possible. the beginning. The source said it was a special task for the police for this month, adding that she had heard that law enforcement officials should not sleep at all.

Earlier this year, Kim Jong-un banned the wearing of skinny jeans, mullet hairstyles and some piercings, in line with the country’s crackdown on the “capitalist way of life” and Western influences on young people. The state newspaper recently warned the nation to do more to prevent “capitalist culture from seeping into the country,” as South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported.

Recently, it was reported that the North Korean authorities have banned leather trench coats for its people, as they have become a staple in the style of leader Kim Jong-Un. The Daily Mail reported that the leather coat was first worn by the leader in 2019, after which it became popular among the North Korean elite class keen to show him their allegiance as among those who could stand. allow real leather. Lately, however, imitations of the coat had become popular. The traders who sell them and the people who wear them are now facing repression from the authorities. According to a report by the International Business Times, the article also gained popularity among women after Kim’s sister Yo Jong was seen wearing one in November. The crackdown was imposed on cheap knockoffs of the fashion item. Sources familiar with the matter told Radio Free Asia that wearing these forgeries was “an impure tendency to defy the authority of the Highest Dignity.”

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