DPRK Prohibits Alcohol, Laughing & Leisure Activities on Kim Jong-Il's Death Anniversary - Report
© AP Photo / Ng Han GuanПоклонение перед бронзовыми статуями бывших лидеров КНДР Ким Ир Сена и Ким Чен Ира в ознаменование годовщины окончания японского колониального господства
© AP Photo / Ng Han Guan
Kim Jong-il, who ruled the country for 17 years, died of a heart attack on 17 December 2011 at the age of 69. Mourning is held annually and usually lasts 10 days, but this time there will be one more day due to it being the tenth anniversary.
According to the US-run news service, residents of North Korea are prohibited from demonstrating a good mood in crowded places. The ban was said to be in effect during the commemorative events for the tenth anniversary of Kim Jong-il's death.
A resident of the northeastern border city of Sinuiju reportedly told RFA that during the mourning period, citizens “must not drink alcohol, laugh or engage in leisure activities.”
According to him, citizens are banned from going shopping on 17 December, the anniversary day, and that the authorities have tasked a special squad of police officers with making sure people are sufficiently somber.
However, being too sad is apparently also frowned upon.
“Even if your family member dies during mourning, you are not allowed to cry loudly, and the funeral can only be held after all the events are over,” said the source.
The resident reportedly added that “in the past, many people who were caught drinking or being intoxicated during the mourning period were arrested and treated as ideological criminals. They were taken away and never seen again.”