The Communist dictatorship of North Korea has banned laughter and drinking alcohol for 10 days to mark the death anniversary of former supreme leader Kim Jong Il.
Thursday December 17th marked 10 years since the leader’s death. According to Radio Free Asia, the regime has imposed restrictions on the country, including a nationwide ban on laughing, drinking alcohol, shopping for groceries, or engaging in other leisure activities. Additionally, no other funeral services or birthday parties will be allowed to go ahead. The ban will reportedly last 10 days.
According to one anonymous North Korean citizen who reportedly lives in the border city of Sinuiju, any violation of these rules will likely result in people being disappeared.
“In the past, many people who were caught drinking or being intoxicated during the mourning period were arrested and treated as ideological criminals,” the person said.
“They were taken away and never seen again.”
According to another anonymous source, similar measures were introduced at the start of the month to ensure an “appropriate mood” across the country for the period of mourning.
The regime has planned a series of events to commemorate the deceased dictator’s life, including a public display of the “Kimjongilia” – a flower named after him.