Reminiscent of the ‘Two Minutes Hate’ in George Orwell’s 1984, the North Korean regime has ordered its subjects to join staged rallies were the oppressed citizens compete to express their fury at South Korea and the North Korean defectors who have escaped the totalitarian state. The furious rallies have been organised after Kim Jong un’s sister Kim Yo Jong called those who organised a balloon leaflet drop from the South into the North “human scum” and “mongrel dogs”. The organisors of the balloon lift were mostly North Korean defectors.
They sent freedom of expression slogans and parcels of rice via balloon across the demilitarised zone and into the North.
But after parades, a North Korean source has told Radio Free Asia the protestors are secretly envious of the families of those who have defected to the south.
This is because those families are “living well” due to the extra income that they receive from their family member who has defected to South Korea.
The families receive this income through smuggling back-channels originating in China.
A North Korean source from the North Hamgyong province, who requested anonymity, told Radio Free Asia’s Korean Service: “Even though the party is organising a series of mass rallies to denounce the defectors, the people are envious of the defectors’ families.
“Residents are being made to shout out slogans to condemn the defectors.
“But after the rally is over it sure is hard to find anyone saying bad things about defectors on their own.”
The source added: “This is because the families around us with a member who defected are living well despite the difficulties of the national economy.”
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North and South Korea both remain in a formal state of war.
The state of perpetual readiness for conflict has taken its toll on the North’s economy, as most of the GDP is spent on armaments and also maintaining a huge land army.
The regular North Korean army is over one million strong.
Most of its armaments are produced in China.
Although the regime has been creating its own indigenous intercontinental missile system, ICBM.
Nuclear tests in the North have worried observers in the West and it is possible that the regime may be able to downscale a nuclear device and fit as a warhead to one of its ICBMs soon.