Kim Jong-il was the supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), commonly referred to as North Korea, from 1994 to 2011.
By the early 1980s Kim had become the heir apparent for the leadership of the country and assumed important posts in the party and army organs.
He succeeded his father and founder of the DPRK, Kim Il-sung, following the elder Kim’s death in 1994.
He died on 17 December at 8:30 am of a massive heart attack while travelling by train to an area outside Pyongyang.
His son Kim Jong-un was announced as North Korea’s next leader.
The burial and mourning
Jong-il’s funeral was held on 28 December in Pyongyang. The footage of the mourning was shown in the media all over the world.
Footages showed North Korean people sobbing uncontrollably in the streets during Kim Jong-Il’s funeral as if possessed by emotionally unstable ghosts? It wasn’t because they loved him. It wasn’t even because they were being shown sad videos on a giant TV screen. It was because of this:
North Korea’s hardline regime had plans to punish those who did not cry at the death of dictator Kim Jong-il.
There were different reports that ‘The authorities are handing down at least six months in a labour-training camp to anybody who didn’t participate in the organised gatherings during the mourning period, or who did participate but didn’t cry and didn’t seem genuine.’
Sentences of at least six months in labour camps are also apparently being given to those who didn’t go to the organised mourning events, while anyone who criticised the new leader Kim Jong-un is also being punished.
Those who tried to leave the country, or even made a mobile phone call out, were also being disciplined, it has been claimed.
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