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N.Korean Students Forced into Construction Labor
Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/26/11

Posted on 07/26/2011 7:26:25 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

N.Korean Students Forced into Construction Labor

Some 100,000 North Korean college students have been press-ganged into construction work. "The regime is trying to finish redevelopment of the Mansudae District in Pyongyang by April next year," a source familiar with North Korean internal affairs said on Monday. "Because it couldn't finish construction before the deadline, the regime ordered colleges in Pyongyang and other major cities last month to close for 10 months and drafted students to construction sites."

The regime twice before changed the academic calendar for a "200-day struggle" in 1988 and an "Arirang" mass calisthenics performance in 2008. But mobilizing so many students for construction work is unprecedented.

The North has been carrying out a campaign since 2009 to build 100,000 new homes in Pyongyang ahead of regime founder Kim Il-sung's birthday on April 15 next year, the target year to become a "powerful and prosperous nation." But only nine apartment buildings with 500 units had been built as of late last year due to a shortage of money and building materials.

When it became clear that the goal was unreachable, the regime recently drew up a new plan to redevelop at least the Mansudae District. It wants to spruce up the district, home to a 23 m Kim Il-sung statue, with 77-story apartment buildings with 3,000 units and recreational facilities including theaters and parks.

But the mobilization of the students is unlikely to make much difference. "The problem is not manpower shortage but lack of money and materials," the source said. "Building sites are overflowing with laborers, but most of them are doing nothing because building materials don't arrive in time."

The regime is not even giving the students a proper meal, the source added. Instead, it is reportedly forcing them to donate materials, such as sand, cement and gasoline, in exchange for a promise of membership in the Workers Party or a youth honor award when construction is complete.

There are rumors that the real reason the students are being forced to work on building sites is to avoid an uprising emulating the Jasmine Revolutions in the Middle East, since students are among the most likely to have heard about the uprisings.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012; collegestudents; construction; nkorea

1 posted on 07/26/2011 7:26:30 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; nw_arizona_granny; ...

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2 posted on 07/26/2011 7:27:44 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I wish we could make college students work construction in this country.


3 posted on 07/26/2011 7:30:14 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.


4 posted on 07/26/2011 7:32:12 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
a campaign since 2009 to build 100,000 new homes in Pyongyang ahead of regime founder Kim Il-sung's birthday on April 15 next year, the target year to become a "powerful and prosperous nation." But only nine apartment buildings with 500 units had been built as of late last year due to a shortage of money and building materials

These losers are about as pathetic as Hitler in his bunker as the Soviet tanks closed in, unopposed, for the kill. "Where are my divisions? Why do they not attack?

5 posted on 07/26/2011 7:37:30 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: TigerLikesRooster

They have to force people to work to spruce up a block of Pyongyang and meanwhile free enterprise does it better for everyone else.


6 posted on 07/26/2011 7:39:06 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Boy, what genius thought this up?
Drag 100,000 students out of school, transport them
away from home, put them on a worksite then give them
little to do and little to eat, and no doubt unceasingly
propagandize them. Did they just think
they all were going to sit around and take that?
Sparks will be struck.


7 posted on 07/26/2011 7:51:01 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Interesting. Thanks for posting.


8 posted on 07/26/2011 8:00:13 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: mamelukesabre

“I wish we could make college students work construction in this country.”

No, we mustn’t do that. For the kids might actually get some useful skills...


9 posted on 07/26/2011 8:06:59 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

As though they might have been asked.


10 posted on 07/26/2011 8:07:00 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Aqualung is a fine Jethro Tull album. I also like Thick As A Brick.)
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To: tet68

“Be Happy in your Work”


11 posted on 07/26/2011 8:08:11 PM PDT by NYTexan
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To: TigerLikesRooster
"Instead, it is reportedly forcing them to donate materials, such as sand, cement and gasoline..."

Who knew college kids had stashes of sand, cement and gasoline to cough up for the good of the State?

Learn something everyday around here.

12 posted on 07/26/2011 8:49:04 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik ("The trouble with internet quotations is you don't know if they are true"-Abraham Lincoln.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
N.Korean Students Forced into Construction Labor

I think this will be Obama's plan to solve the unemployment problem, at least for suburbanites and rural folks.

13 posted on 07/26/2011 9:03:49 PM PDT by mlocher (Is it time to cash in before I am taxed out?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

From each according to his ability. College students generally have a lot of energy.


14 posted on 07/26/2011 9:08:58 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
North Korea -- a 21st century slave state.
An entire nation forced to cater to the whims of the "Dear Leader."
Obama dreams of being a "Dear Leader" here in America.
15 posted on 07/26/2011 9:17:38 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I think those rioting anti-American South Korean university students should join in with their comrades in the north and help out. I’m sure they’d be elated to donate ten months of their lives for the “Dear Leader”.


16 posted on 07/26/2011 9:21:39 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: mamelukesabre

“I wish we could make college students work construction in this country.”

Because forced labor is the hallmark of a free society. /sarc


17 posted on 07/26/2011 10:17:59 PM PDT by balch3
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To: mamelukesabre

I’ve often said it would be good for every student to work a crap job for at least a year after high school, just so they get their noses rubbed in a little reality. Pay them the same as anyone else, but make sure the most disgusting, unpleasant and demeaning jobs go to them. Maybe make it an entrance requirement for colleges, trade schools, and employer training programs. It might cut down on the sense of entitlement so many kids either enter or leave college with. It might even help them better handle life’s disappointments; a bad job is a world of opportunity to learn about human nature.


18 posted on 07/26/2011 11:31:08 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: tet68

Sounds like Cambodia in the 70s.


19 posted on 07/27/2011 6:26:00 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: balch3

oh...LIKE GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED STUDENT LOANS AND PELL GRANTS ARE! by the way, you and your entitlements have ruined this economy, so shut it.


20 posted on 07/27/2011 11:46:40 AM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I doubt those students have many construction skills. Digging a hole or carrying materials is about their limit.


21 posted on 07/27/2011 12:47:17 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This is what our socialists call “mandatory volunteerism.”

In order to graduate from his high school in Masshole, my son was mandated to “donate” hours of “volunteer” labor to the collective - “the community.”


22 posted on 07/27/2011 1:40:00 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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