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About 23 Christians arrested, 3 executed (North Korea)
Asia News ^ | 8/6/2010

Posted on 08/06/2010 2:55:17 PM PDT by markomalley

Seoul (AsiaNews) – North Korea’s Stalinist regime has discovered some underground Christians in a house church in Pyongan Province. All 23 who met to celebrate a religious function were arrested. Three were tried and given the death penalty, which was swiftly executed, sources told AsiaNews. Confirmation about the incident also came from the North Korea Intellectual Solidarity, a group of North Korean exiles.

According to the sources, the arrests and executions were carried out in mid-May. “At that time, right after the disastrous currency reform, police discovered 23 Christians in Kuwal-dong, Pyungsung County, in Pyongan Province, who met at an underground church. After their arrest, they were interrogated at length. Eventually, the group’s “ringleaders” were sentenced to death and executed. The others were sent to Kwan-li-so (Penal labour colony) No 15 in Yodŏk.”

These North Koreans discovered underground Christianity when some of them travelled to mainland China for work.

“As the authorities fear the spread of religion, many area residents are rounded up and interrogated for days,” the sources said. However, “they cannot help it because the situation is so desperate that people are going back to religion. Such sentences are meant to scare people.”

North Korea denies freedom of religion absolutely. Officially, the country has three Christian places of worship (one Catholic and two Protestant churches) and four Buddhist temples, but only in the capital Pyongyang. No one has been able to confirm how many exist in the rest of the country. Accounts about their number by foreigners who have travelled around the country vary.

The only cult allowed is that of ‘Eternal President’ Kim Il-sung and his son, the ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong-il.

After the Korean War in 1953, the Stalinist regime ruthlessly proceeded to kill the country’s estimated 200,000 Catholics, and destroy their churches and abbeys.

Sources have told AsiaNews that in North Korea there are “no more than 200 Catholics left, all very old”.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: korea; northkorea; pyongyang; republicofkorea

1 posted on 08/06/2010 2:55:20 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

You know the American left is jealous of that kind of power.


2 posted on 08/06/2010 2:57:19 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (m)
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To: markomalley

Just end the rice shipments.......


3 posted on 08/06/2010 2:58:42 PM PDT by cranked
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To: markomalley

Appalling. RIP.


4 posted on 08/06/2010 2:59:20 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: markomalley

May G-D bless these martyrs.Religion is not the opium of the masses, it is the antibodies to the disease that is Communism/socialism.


5 posted on 08/06/2010 3:00:01 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Lord help our Armed Service members that they not become pawns in Hussein's quest to destroy America)
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To: KC_Lion
it is the antibodies to the disease that is Communism/socialism . . .

That's for damn sure. Even if the antibodies are not 100% perfect.

6 posted on 08/06/2010 3:03:32 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: markomalley

Prayers for their families and the ones that are still in prison. This is so sad.


7 posted on 08/06/2010 3:04:08 PM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: screaminsunshine

You can actually see a Justice Kagan preparing the execution warrants ~ and smirking about it.


8 posted on 08/06/2010 3:04:52 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: markomalley

bttt


9 posted on 08/06/2010 3:05:20 PM PDT by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013- The end of an error.)
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To: markomalley

Note to Muslim suicide murderers - this is what a real martyr is.


10 posted on 08/06/2010 3:08:19 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Vigilanteman
Nothing ever is, but try to be the best you can, that is what religion is, to apply eternal morals, knowing that many will be broken, that does not mean they shouldn't exist.

Communism/Socialism says that Heaven can made here on earth, that everyone can be MADE to be live in a perfect paradise, that is simply not possible, Unless North Korea is a paradise.

Though I am sure our Brothers and Sisters who are still imprisoned would disagree.

11 posted on 08/06/2010 3:13:32 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Lord help our Armed Service members that they not become pawns in Hussein's quest to destroy America)
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To: markomalley

Just as the Romans couldn’t stamp out Christianity, neither will N. Korea.

I agree with an earlier poster, these are true martyrs and will inspire others to Christ by giving their lives, not taking lives.


12 posted on 08/06/2010 3:21:22 PM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: markomalley

It’s against the law to be Christian in North Korea?


13 posted on 08/06/2010 3:22:34 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: markomalley

Bow down and worship the Leader. Autocrats have deemed this a necessity since the beginnings of civilization.


14 posted on 08/06/2010 3:31:44 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: markomalley

Those were my brothers and sisters.


15 posted on 08/06/2010 3:32:03 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie (TheSurvivalMom.com)
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To: markomalley

Evil to the core commies. The martyrs will sure be enjoying their heavenly home a whole lot more than that wasted hellhole called North Korea. Dear Leader has his heaven now—hope he enjoys it while it lasts not too much longer.


16 posted on 08/06/2010 3:37:30 PM PDT by tflabo
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To: ChocChipCookie
They all are our Brothers and Sisters, not only human but spirituality too. The Faith knows no nationality, ethnic group or social cast.

Many people here, as previous posters have pointed out, envy and would Love this kind of power, truly makes me sad.

17 posted on 08/06/2010 3:48:43 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Lord help our Armed Service members that they not become pawns in Hussein's quest to destroy America)
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To: markomalley

This is the Mulatto Muslim Marxist’s dream to kill Christians and Jews and control the lives via a electronic-based gulag for all the citizenry.

Obie loves this crap as his wife spends OUR CASH for her lavish lifestyle...

It’s coming folks...prepare.


18 posted on 08/06/2010 4:16:15 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: ChocChipCookie

bttt


19 posted on 08/06/2010 4:22:40 PM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ...
Thanks markomalley.
North Korea's Stalinist regime has discovered some underground Christians in a house church in Pyongan Province. All 23 who met to celebrate a religious function were arrested. Three were tried and given the death penalty, which was swiftly executed... in mid-May... The others were sent to Kwan-li-so (Penal labour colony) No 15... After the Korean War in 1953, the Stalinist regime ruthlessly proceeded to kill the country's estimated 200,000 Catholics, and destroy their churches and abbeys. Sources have told AsiaNews that in North Korea there are "no more than 200 Catholics left, all very old".

20 posted on 08/06/2010 5:54:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: markomalley

These inhumans are doing what Lenin and Stalin to the MILLIONS of Christians in Russia during the Marxist tryanny.

It is what we condone in the US when we allow MILLIONS of children to be ripped apart from their mothers and acidized to death and dispose of them in our garbage dumps.


21 posted on 08/06/2010 6:03:42 PM PDT by eleni121 (But now, he that has a moneybag take it; without a sword let him sell his garment, and buy one.)
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To: Quix; Alamo-Girl; DannyTN

Prayers up *PING*


22 posted on 08/06/2010 6:25:25 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: grey_whiskers

INDEED.

MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON ALL BELIEVERS THERE AND THROUGHOUT TYRANNICAL REGIMES.

. . . SPEAKING OF WHICH . . .


23 posted on 08/06/2010 6:38:48 PM PDT by Quix (THE PLAN of the Bosses: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2519352/posts?page=2#2)
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To: eleni121

That’s right.

Lord, be with the families of those martyred, and give grace to those in the death camp.

Lord, tear down that terrible regime, take down those walls, and send Your people in South Korea to bring food and Your message in there.


24 posted on 08/06/2010 6:43:57 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: grey_whiskers

I join in prayer for all those suffering from this.


25 posted on 08/06/2010 7:23:41 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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