Even emotions are heavily regulated in the Stalinist hermit kingdom of North Korea: everybody must love the leader, and when he passes away citizens must cry hard. As hard as possible.
North Korean authorities will sentence anybody who didn’t participate in the organized demonstrations of mourning for deceased leader Kim Jong-il to at least six months in a labor camp.
North Korea’s prisons and camps hold about 200,000 people, according to the US Committee for Human Rights.
The regime will punish also those who did participate but did not cry enough or did not seem genuine, along with those accused of criticizing the country’s new leader Kim Jong-un, reported South Korea’s online newspaper Daily NK.
According to the South Korean website, the North Korean regime organized a round of criticism sessions from December 29th to January 8th. The sessions "created a vicious atmosphere of fear."
Along with imposing fear, the authorities are already working hard to build a cult of personality around the new leader Kim Jong-un, son of late Kim Jong-il. “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-un’s greatness,” a source explained to Daily NK.
Founded in December 2004, Daily NK regularly reports stories from inside North Korea via a network of informants inside the country, covering mainly human rights issues. The Daily NK is partially funded by the National Endowment for Democracy, an NGO funded by the US Congress.