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North Korean Mourners: They Laughed Until They Were Jailed

Peter Worthington | Posted 03.19.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

According to a South Korean publication, Daily NK, "[North Korean] authorities are handing down six-month sentences in a labor-training camp to those who didn't participate in gatherings to mourn the death of Dear Leader Kim Jong-il." The same sentence is dished out to those who did attend organized grief sessions, "but didn't weep hard enough, or faked their tears, or didn't seem genuine."