Collective Mourning in North Korea, you can not laugh for 11 days


Its principles North Korea, declared forced mourning for the 10th anniversary of the death of former country leader Kim Jong-il. For 11 days, residents must abstain from entertainment. Even laughing is forbidden – reported Radio Free Asia (RFA), citing sources in North Korea.

“We are not allowed to drink alcohol, laugh or have fun in times of mourning,” a resident told RFA. Sinuidzu, a city in the northwest, near the Chinese border. According to him, in the past people who did not mourn “were taken somewhere and never saw them again”.

Kim Jong Il was the father of the current dictator Kim Jong Un and the son of Kim Il-sung, the founder of the communist DRC.

THE Kim Jong Il, ruled from 1994 to 2011. Under his rule, between 1994 and 1998, the country faced a huge famine. According to various estimates, malnutrition killed several hundred thousand to more than 3 million people. Kim died on December 17, 2011 of a heart attack while traveling by train, and two days later state media announced Kim Jong Un’s successor.

Behavior of the population during the period of mourning

On the anniversary of December 17, the sirens sounded for three minutes, the flags went down at half-mast and the people of the country bowed silently and laid flowers in front of the giant monuments of Kim Jong Il and Kim Il-sen on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, AP reported.

Periods of mourning are established in North Korea each year on the anniversary of the deaths of Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung. Mandatory mourning for Kim Jong Il usually lasts 10 days, but this year, to celebrate the anniversary, the mourning was extended by one day, the RFA reported.

“Even if someone in your family dies during the mourning, you should not cry loudly and the body should only be lifted after the mourning is over. “People can not even celebrate their birthdays if it is time for mourning,” said a Sinuidzu resident.

Special police mission

According to another source, the security services have been ordered to punish people who “hurt the mood of collective mourning” of Kim Jong-il. “This is a special police mission that lasts a month,” the source said.

Edited by: Malgozata Olshevsky

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