Skip to comments.Violence in N.Korea as hunger woes mount: reports (starvation returns; secrity agents attacked)
Posted on 02/02/2010 6:14:44 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
Violence in N.Korea as hunger woes mount: reports
AFP February 3, 2010, 1:15 am
SEOUL (AFP) - Angry North Koreans have attacked security agents as hunger woes mount following a crackdown on free-market trade, according to reports on Tuesday from groups in Seoul with contacts in the communist state.
Social unrest and riots have flared since a shock currency revaluation by Pyongyang last November worsened shortages of food and other goods for an increasingly desperate population, they said.
"Therefore, people are taking revenge on agents, since they feel so desperate that regardless of their actions, they will die," the source in North Hamkyung province said. "As a result, social unrest is becoming more serious."
In one violent incident, Daily NK said "a number of people" assaulted a group of security agents on patrol on Monday in markets in Pyongsung, South Pyongan province.
It gave no details of any casualties.
The paper, citing a group of defectors, said a fight had also broken out recently between residents and security agents monitoring the crackdown in Hyesan in Yanggang province.
As the fight turned nasty, it said, one resident snatched a gun from an agent and fired at random -- leaving one security official in critical condition.
Yonhap news agency, quoting traders near the Chinese border with North Korea, said the number of people dying of hunger is rising.
That view was echoed in a newsletter by Good Friends, an aid group with contacts in the North. It said residents, including war veterans aged in their 70s or 80s, protested last month outside a city hall in Danchon, North Hamkyong province and that authorities rushed to release 1,000 tons of rice to placate them.
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All this due to collapse of market, and private enterprise currency reform led to. The state cannot provide anything just as in the past. Not much aids are flowing in from S. Korea or China, so far.
Arrec Barrwin would make a good secrity agent.............
People who are horrified at the suffering in Haiti are blind to what is “normal” in North Korea
It crossed my mind to post some sarcastic quip about Madeleine Albright toasting with expensive cognac in North Korea—but all this is just too horrible even for gallows humor—and I can’t bring myself to do anything but weep.
Will this be our future here in America ?
Headed there if we don’t stand up.
“I just know Marxism will work—if we just give it one more try—I just know it will.”
The Left promises the moon. It delivers Detroit—and North Korea!
This is an excellent essay. I have read it before but it is good to read it again every so often.
my very thoughts.
This is why dictatorships and communism/socialism just does not work.
It creates two classes of people . . . three really.
At the Top you have those who take the money which they use to keep themselves and their household well fed and dressed. They can never get enough money, so they must steal it where they can.
In the Middle you have the Military which the moneyed must keep well off enough not to turn on them but not so well off that they don’t take advantage of the Bottom class.
The Bottom class are the “workers” who gain nothing by working hard. Eventually they work less and less because they get no rewards for their labors . . . sometimes they get barely enough to survive and at other times, all their labor “belong to the Top class” which leaves them nothing and starving. At other times, the Military come in and take what little the worker class has for themselves, creating fear in the worker class.
CAPITALISM isn’t perfect, but it’s a darn sure better system than communism. Without capitalism there would be no electric light, telephone, automobile, armament, ship, train, etc.
I hear that even NK women are attack security agents
The hunger alone is enough to hang him high.
Leaders should go hungry and cold too.