North Korea Bans Laughing For 11 Days

North Korea has banned laughing or drinking for 11 days to mark the tenth anniversary of former leader Kim Jong Il’s death.

From Sahara Reporters:

The North Korean government has barred citizens from laughing or drinking for 11 days to mark the tenth anniversary of former leader Kim Jong Il’s death.

Citizens have been ordered not to show any signs of happiness while North Korea commemorates the late leader’s death, Daily Mail reports.

“During the mourning period, we must not drink alcohol, laugh or engage in leisure activities,” Radio Free Asia (RFA) quoted a citizen as saying.

The source added that North Koreans are not allowed to go grocery shopping on December 17 – the anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death.

The source who pleaded anonymity added: “In the past, many people who were caught drinking or being intoxicated during the mourning period were arrested and treated as ideological criminals. They were taken away and never seen again.

“Even if your family member dies during the mourning period, you are not allowed to cry out loud and the body must be taken out after it’s over. People cannot even celebrate their own birthdays if they fall within the mourning period.”

This is what they call socialism. 

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