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Calcifer
11-11-2013, 03:03 PM
North Korea publicly executes 80 people

North Korea publicly executed around 80 people earlier this month, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday.

The conservative JoongAng Ilbo cited a single, unidentified source, but at least one North Korean defector group said it had heard rumours that lent credibility to the front-page report.

The source, said to be "familiar" with the North's internal affairs and recently returned from the country, said the executions were carried out in seven cities on November 3.

In the eastern port of Wonsan, the authorities gathered 10,000 people in a sports stadium to watch the execution of eight people by firing squad, the source quoted one eyewitness as saying.

Most were charged with watching illicit South Korean TV dramas, and some with prostitution.

Several of the cities, including Wonsan and Pyongsong in the west, have been designated as special economic zones aimed at attracting foreign investment to boost the North's moribund economy.

The Seoul-based news website, Daily NK, which is run by North Korean defectors and has a wide network of sources, said it had no information on the executions.

But another defector-run website, North Korea Intellectual Solidarity, said its sources had reported several months ago on plans for a wave of public executions.

"The regime is obviously afraid of potential changes in people's mindsets and is pre-emptively trying to scare people off," said one website official.

Watching unsanctioned foreign films or TV -- especially those from the capitalist South -- is a serious offence in North Korea.

However, efforts to control their distribution have been circumvented by technology, with an increasing number being smuggled in on DVDs, flash drives and mp3 players.

As well as South Korean soap operas, US shows like Desperate Housewives are believed to have a small but avid following.


Source: http://za.news.yahoo.com/north-korea-publicly-executes-80-people-033044888.html

Dombra
11-11-2013, 03:08 PM
Classic communism

Mikula
11-11-2013, 03:21 PM
Classic communism

I also lived in communist country but watching foreign TV was not penalized, here.
System of Northern Korea is too horrible also for communist country.

Moonbird
11-11-2013, 06:11 PM
North Korea publicly executed around 80 people earlier this month, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday.


It's terrible that people today can get exucuted just for looking at the "wrong" TV shows.

Sblast
11-11-2013, 06:18 PM
I think people should show tolerance to our North Korean friends, they are human just like us - we have no right to criticize their culture simply because their different.


Classic communism

Not every totalitarian insane regime is "communism", and not anyone who declares he is a communist truly is one. It's described as "Juche" & a "hereditary dictatorship". They are also obsessed with race 'pureness' in a similar fashion that the Japanese were during WWII or South Koreans today.

Mikula
11-11-2013, 06:37 PM
I think people should show tolerance to our North Korean friends, they are human just like us - we have no right to criticize their culture simply because their different.


Yes, northern Koreans are human like us, and they deserves more tolerant government.

Sblast
11-11-2013, 06:40 PM
Yes, northern Koreans are human like us, and they deserves more tolerant government.

No. They have their own unique culture with an irreducible value to their cultural deposits.
You are a RACIST, and you should concentrate on North Korean dance and "beautiful ancient culture" instead! Shame on you! Shame on you!

(You know I''m being satirical, right?)

Windischer
11-11-2013, 06:43 PM
I think people should show tolerance to our North Korean friends, they are human just like us - we have no right to criticize their culture simply because their different.

i dont think this has anything to do with culture rather than whims of NK ruling class and puppetting schemes of chinese government.

its true however, that NK regime is obsessed about racial purity. its basically a wet dream of some TA members: no evil consumerism & decadence, opposing NATO, closed borders, no immigrants, racial purity...
i still wonder why dont they move there ;)

Windischer
11-11-2013, 06:45 PM
(You know I''m being satirical, right?)

i didnt :D

Smaland
11-11-2013, 08:12 PM
In America, First Amendment protections can be maintained and worthless TV shows can be "banned" all at the same time; the people need only to boycott those companies that advertise on the worthless shows, and leave the Constitution alone. :)

Methmatician
11-12-2013, 01:07 AM
Not every totalitarian insane regime is "communism", and not anyone who declares he is a communist truly is one. It's described as "Juche" & a "hereditary dictatorship". They are also obsessed with race 'pureness' in a similar fashion that the Japanese were during WWII or South Koreans today.
I heard that North Korean "communism" is closer to Japanese Fascism.