To commemorate the tenth anniversary of former leader Kim Jong Il’s death, North Koreans have been prohibited from laughing, drinking, or expressing shows of happiness for 11 days.
While North Korea observes the 10th anniversary of his death, government officials have advised the population not to exhibit any signs of happiness.
North Korea was governed by Kim Jong Il from 1994 until his death in 2011.
He died of a heart attack on December 17, 2011, at the age of 69, after governing the country in a violent and repressive dictatorship for 17 years.
He was replaced by his third and youngest son, current North Korean leader Kim Jong.
Ten years after his death, North Koreans are now being obliged to observe the 11-day mourning period.
A North Korean from the northeastern border city of Sinuiju told Radio Free Asia (RFA): “We must not consume alcohol, joke, or indulge in recreational activities during the mourning time,”
According to the insider, North Koreans are not permitted to go food shopping on December 17 — the anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death.
“In the past, many individuals who were discovered drinking or inebriated during the mourning time were detained and punished as ideological criminals,” they said. They were kidnapped and were never seen again.
“Even if a family member dies during the mourning time, you are not allowed to cry aloud, and the body must be removed when the grieving period is ended.” People cannot even celebrate their own birthdays if they occur within the month of mourning.”
The annual mourning period for Kim Jong Il is generally 10 days, but this year it will be 11 days to commemorate the tenth anniversary of his death.