How sincere was the grief shown at the death of Kim Jong-il?

Some of it probably came not from the heart.

The Daily NK is a generally reliable Seoul based publication about what’s happening in North Korea.  Today, in an article headlined Harsh Punishments for Poor Mourning, it observed,

The North Korean authorities have completed the criticism sessions which began after the mourning period for Kim Jong Il and begun to punish those who transgressed during the highly orchestrated mourning events.

Daily NK learned from a source from North Hamkyung Province on January 10th, “The 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.”

Most of the videos and photos of mourning came from Pyongyang, where residence is generally restricted to those thought loyal to the Kim Regime.

Furthermore, the source added that people who are accused of circulating rumors criticizing the country’s 3rd generation dynastic system are also being sent to re-education camps or being banished with their families to remote rural areas.

. . . .

Along with criticism sessions, the authorities also turned up the heat on efforts to idolize Kim Jong Eun immediately after the mourning period ended, something which has yet to let up. “Every day from 7am until 7pm they have vehicles for broadcast propaganda parked on busy roads full of people going to and from work, noisily working to proclaim Kim Jong Eun’s greatness,” the source explained.

I wonder whether the training camps will provide onions to help the inmates do better in the future.

It has also been reported, this time by the North Korean state media, that upon learning of Kim Jong-il’s death, hundreds of magpies hovered around a statue of his father, the Eternal President, as though telling him the sad news of the death of his beloved son. But wait; there’s more:

KCNA reported last week that a family of bears who usually hibernate through the fierce Korean winter had been seen lamenting Kim Jong-il’s death.”The bears, believed to be a mother and cubs, were staying on the road, crying woefully,” it said.

If the birds, bears and probably even the little bees do it, why can’t all other North Koreans happily do the same?

About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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4 Responses to How sincere was the grief shown at the death of Kim Jong-il?

  1. Pingback: North Korea: Harsh Punishments for Poor Mourning | American Freedom

  2. Brina says:

    I would find it hard to believe that anyone would think that those orchestrated sessions were real. I don’t see how they got that many people to cry

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