11-day ban on people laughing, drinking and shopping in North Korea, find out why

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North Korea called on people to show greater loyalty to Kim Jong Un.

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  • In North Korea, citizens have been banned from laughing, drinking and shopping for 11 days.
  • If someone is found to be involved in such activities during these 11 days, they will be arrested.
  • Kim Jong Un is fighting to lift the country out of the difficulties related to the pandemic.

Seoul: North Korea asked its former leader, Kim Jong Il, on Friday to show greater loyalty to his son and current leader, Kim Jong Un, on his 10th anniversary of death. According to a report in the Daily Mail, in this atmosphere of pain, North Korean citizens have been banned from laughing, drinking and shopping for 11 days. If someone is found to be involved in such activities during these 11 days, they will be arrested.

Penalty offenders are never seen again

According to the report, if there is a death in the family during this period, they will not be allowed to cry out loud. Not only this, they can take the corpse only after the period of mourning is over. It is said that previously such restrictions were also in effect during the period of mourning, and those who violated these restrictions were arrested. People say that after this they were never seen again.

Kim Jong Un has powers as a father and grandfather
Kim Jong Un is fighting to lift the country out of the difficulties related to the pandemic. In his 10-year stint at North Korea’s highest post since the death of his father, 37-year-old Kim Jong Un enjoys the same absolute power as Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung. Despite tough measures to deal with coronavirus infection and a crippling economy due to confrontation with the US, North Korea has shown no political instability and some analysts even question Kim’s grip on power.

North Koreans bow their heads in honor of Kim Jong Il
Analysts say the long-term stability of the Kim Jong Un regime could still be called into question if it does not take steps to address current difficulties and improve people’s lives. The North Koreans fell silent and bowed their heads in honor of Kim Jong Il as sirens sounded for three minutes on Friday afternoon. Cars, trains and ships honked their horns, the national flag flew at half mast.

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There is no news of any public activity by Kim Jong Un.
People went to Pyongyang’s Mansu Mountain to offer flowers and bow before the giant statues of Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung. Every time his death anniversary is celebrated, Kim Jong Un visits a grave where the graves of Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung are. Previously, Kim Jong Un had also called national gatherings in honor of his father during the first and fifth anniversary of the death. He was expected to do the same this year, but North Korean state media did not report any public activity by Kim Jong Un until Friday afternoon.

Newspapers publish articles honoring Kim Jong Il
The North Korean newspaper ‘Rodong Sinmun’ said in an editorial: “We must do everything possible to strengthen the unity behind the respected comrade Kim Jong Un.” Government-controlled newspapers published articles honoring Kim Jong Il and called for more solidarity with Kim Jong Un, while publicity songs and documentaries related to the late leader were shown on state television.

The country’s cereal production is also at its lowest level
Starting on the anniversary of his death this year, Kim Jong Un is going through the toughest phase of his regime due to the coronavirus pandemic, persistent UN sanctions and mismanagement. Last year, North Korea’s economy suffered its biggest recession since 1997, according to South Korean government estimates, while the country’s grain production is also at its lowest level since Kim took office.

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