(WASHINGTON) — North Korean authorities are punishing mourners who failed to exhibit sincere sadness and despair after the death of Kim Jong Il Dec. 17, the Daily NK reported.
The online North Korean newspaper, which is published by opponents of the governing regime, said a source in North Hamkyung Province revealed the information. The source told the paper, “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,” according to the Daily NK.
The late Hwang Jang Yop, a North Korean defector and former official, described a similar response after the death of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il’s father and the founder of North Korea, in 1994.
The Daily NK said its source also reported that North Koreans who were accused of being critical of the country’s dynastic system were being sent to re-education camps or banished with their families to remote areas.
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Sugam Pokharel and AJ Willingham, CNN
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