- In late December, signs were discovered outside an apartment in Pyongchon District, Pyongyang, criticizing the government
- District branches of the Ministry of State Security mobilized all their agents to close the scene and remove the inscriptions
- Authorities take this incident very seriously as it occurred around the 10th anniversary of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il
- Local residents speculate that since the authorities have been installing CCTV cameras everywhere since Kim Jong Un took power, it should not take long to find the perpetrator
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According to a Daily NK website source, inscriptions were discovered outside an apartment in Pyongchon neighborhood of Pyongyang in late December. Their content was to read:
A resident of Pyongchon District – identified by Kim’s family name – discovered the inscriptions around 4:20 a.m. while patrolling the area.
According to the protocol, the head of the people’s unit reported the incident to the local security officerwho reported him to the district branch of the Ministry of State Security, which in turn reported him to the municipal branch of the ministry; eventually it was reported to the national branch of the ministry.
Then the national, city and district branches of the Ministry of State Security mobilized all their agents to close the scene and remove the subtitles.
No criticism of the authorities in North Korea
North Korea strictly prohibits any action that directly criticizes the country’s leader. Authorities accused criminals of crimes against the state or incitement, sending them to political prison camps and even executing them.
In March 2018, a colonel in the Department of the General Staff he was publicly executed after thatas he was credited with painting a graffiti on Pyongyang House of Culture on April 25, which criticized Kim’s regime.
That three years later without any significant disruptions suddenly there was a serious incident, drew the attention of North Korean security authorities.
They fear the insults to the authorities may be evidence that the over-regulation and oversight introduced under the pretext of “emergency COVID-19 quarantine measures” since early last year have caused more public discontent than expected.
In addition, the appearance of subtitles ahead of the fourth plenary meeting of the Central Committee has put the security authorities on full alert.
The source said that the authorities take this incident even more seriouslybecause it took place during the 10th anniversary of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (December 17), the birth of Kim Jong-Il’s mother, Kim Jong Suk (December 24), and the party’s plenary session on December 27.
In fact, a branch of the ministry in Pyongchon district conducted “handwriting analyzes” of workers from local factories and enterprises, and even students from December 23, as well as investigating their whereabouts that day.
However, people have speculated that, since authorities have installed CCTV cameras everywhere since Kim Jong Un took power, it shouldn’t take long to find the perpetrator.
Meanwhile, security authorities are vigilant to prevent similar incidents in the provinces, given that the most recent incident occurred in the capital Pyongyang, where residents are very loyal to the regime and enjoy better conditions, including food supplies.
Source: Daily NK