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It is said that the regime in North Korea is so oppressive that they expect the citizens to worship their leaders as gods. Christianity is certainly outlawed there and most outside influence is kept out of the country.
A story from the UK Telegraph might add some merit to the fear that people have of the country. It is being reported that there were a series of public executions of North Korean citizens for committing the crime of watching foreign films. They also reported that they forced 10,000 people, including children, to come and watch the executions, in order to set an example. They also allegedly sent their families to prison camps.
True or propaganda? You be the judge.
South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported that the co-ordinated public executions took place in seven separate cities earlier this month.
In one case, the local authorities rounded up 10,000 people, including children, and forced them to watch, it reported.
Those put to death were found guilty by the state of minor misdemeanors, including watching videos of South Korean television programmes or possessing a Bible.
Sources told the paper that witnesses saw eight people tied to stakes in the Shinpoong Stadium, in Kangwon Province, before having sacks placed over their heads and being executed by soldiers firing machineguns.
“I heard from the residents that they watched in terror as the corpses were so riddled by machinegun fire that they were hard to identify afterwards,” the source said.
“Reports on public executions across the country would be certain to have a chilling effect on the rest of the people,” Daniel Pinkston, a North Korea analyst with The International Crisis Group in Seoul, said. “All these people want to do is to survive and for their families to survive. The incentives for not breaking the law are very clear now.”
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