To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong Il, North Koreans have been prohibited from laughing or drinking for 11 days.
According to DailyMail, government officials have ordered the public not to show any signs of happiness while North Korea commemorates Kim Jong Il’s death.
Kim was the leader of North Korea from 1994 until his death in 2011. Kim Jong Un, his third and youngest son, succeeded him.
Ten years after his death, North Koreans are forced to observe an 11-day period of mourning during which they are not permitted to laugh or consume alcohol.
According to the DailyMail, a North Korean from the northeastern border city of Sinuiju was quoted by Radio Free Asia (RFA) as saying, “During the mourning period, we must not drink alcohol, laugh, or engage in leisure activities.”
According to the source, North Koreans are not permitted to go grocery shopping on December 17 – the anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death.
“In the past, many people were arrested and treated as ideological criminals if they were caught drinking or being intoxicated during the mourning period.” They were kidnapped and never seen again.
“Even if a family member dies during the mourning period, you are not allowed to cry aloud, and the body must be removed after the mourning period is over.” People cannot even celebrate their own birthdays if they fall during the period of mourning,” they added.
Another source, a resident of South Hwanghae in the southwestern province of South Hwanghae, said police officers were instructed to keep an eye out for people who did not appear appropriately upset during the mourning period.
“Beginning on December 1st, they will have a special duty to crack down on those who disrupt the mood of collective mourning.”
“It’s a month-long special assignment for the cops.” According to RFA, law enforcement officials are unable to sleep at all.
Kim Jong Il died of a heart attack on December 17, 2011, at the age of 69, after ruling the country in a brutal and repressive dictatorship for 17 years.