Punished For Not Being Uniform

Multiple news outlets including North Korea’s Daily NK are reporting that the North Korean government is cracking down on several recent offenders with punishments and disciplinary action such as six months of manual labor.

The crime in question? Not crying enough during deceased leader Kim Jong-Il’s funeral procession.

A Reuters piece cites the governmental ruling:

That is according to the Daily NK, an online newspaper based in South Korea, which said that government officials were handing down periods of at least six months in a labor-training camp to anybody who did not participate in the organized gatherings during the mourning period, or who did participate but did not cry and did not seem genuine.

Perhaps some of these people were not emotive enough for North Korean standards. Below is the youtube clip of the processional with crowd reactions.  As you can see, the people appear to be pretty worked up (Especially after the 1-minute mark).

And here:

I am not sure that this governmental crackdown constitutes a human rights violation per se, but it does indicate a sick and brainwashed culture of leadership. When a government is trying to manufacture a uniform emotive response in its people–that is disturbing from any worldview perspective.

About Doug Hankins

Although not a Christian in his youth, Doug came to believe in Jesus during his teenage years. When not playing sports or pastoring Doug is probably spending time with his wife, reading a good book, or drinking some hot tea. Doug's first book Dawson Trotman: In His Own Words is available wherever books are sold. You can follow Doug on twitter.
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