In the early morning of August 25 last year, when border residents were increasingly angry at the three-year border blockade, about 100 soldiers were gathering in the Yanggang Provincial Party Committee meeting room.
These were the storm corps (11th corps) dispatched to the border with the proclamation not to interfere with the northern border blockade operation, and the border guard soldiers who were performing their original duty of border guard without fail.
In the summer of 2020, when Corona 19 was prevalent around the world, under the direct direction of Kim Jong-un, special forces and Storm Corps troops whose ideology and loyalty were verified were deployed to the border. According to the contents of the proclamation, which set a buffer zone on the border and set a curfew, they set up a strong blockade on the border.
The Storm Corps soldiers, who were to operate on the front line of the border, immediately set up a ‘pre-shot, then-report’ system, and whenever they did not respond to the border access prohibition order or discovered situations such as defecting from North Korea or smuggling, no matter who it was, They fired mercilessly.
On this day, it was a place to reward the storm corps soldiers who made a contribution in the northern border blockade operation, and the event was held with the participation of the commanders in charge of the General Political Bureau and the General Staff Department and the provincial party organizing secretary.
The reward given to the soldiers who made the greatest contribution at the event was ‘Entry into the Hwaseon’, and other awards such as the Order of Merit for Effort and Military Merit Medal, commendation from the People’s Army, and commendation from the political department of the corps or command followed.
Joining the Hwaseon Party is a term derived from the fact that Kim Il-sung held a cell assembly in Hwaseon during the Korean War, immediately accepting soldiers as party members, and boosting morale and enthusiasm for fighting.
According to the original meaning, the targets who blocked the enemy’s crater or made a breakthrough should become firefighters, but those who entered fireship at the event on this day were the soldiers of the Storm Corps, who mercilessly shot and killed the residents while carrying out the northern border blockade. It was mostly. In particular, this included soldiers who opened fire on Chinese nationals approaching the border and livestock raised in Chinese private homes.
In addition, the other prize winners of the event were Storm Corps soldiers who handed over all the residents who were cracked down at the border guard post to the judicial authorities.
Border guard soldiers also participated in the event, but not a single one received commendations, let alone joined the Hwaseon Party. The border guard soldiers at the event were just spectators applauding and congratulating the soldiers of the Storm Corps on their awards.
Even though there were border guards, it was unusual to dispatch troops from the Storm Troops to block the borders and even give them the authority to shoot and execute those who approached them.
The border guards also shot at people or animals illegally approaching the buffer zone according to the proclamation, but they couldn’t bear the cruelty of shooting and killing border residents who were like family who ate even a bowl of rice while working at the border. It was just a way to deal with it.
The soldiers of the Storm Corps, who shocked the residents at random, were rewarded for their outstanding feats and evaluated as loyalist units that could be trusted and dispatched anytime and anywhere when the country was in the most difficult time. imprinted
Residents who had stuck out their tongues at the brutality of the Storm Corps poured out their dissatisfaction at the news that they had received rewards such as joining the fire ship.
“The state said it was closing the border due to an epidemic, so I followed it. Even if the border was blocked and starved, I did not want to leave the hometown where I grew up and buried my unborn child, so I struggled and endured somehow so as not to abandon this land. However, he could not hide his anger when he saw the state’s behavior of highly valuing the Storm Corps, which had mercilessly shot the residents, and even forced them to join the fire ship. Even the slightest hope for this country (North Korea) that encourages people to bite, tear, and kill each other is gone.”
Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.
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