MSS inspection posts have been built around the farm… Forced labor if caught?

On the 23rd, the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the Workers’ Party of Korea, published a large number of photos of residents in various parts of the country who were volunteering for farming villages, and urged them to “make a breakthrough in occupying the highlands of grain this year by selling out all together”, saying, “It is the rice planting season when the fate of farming depends on the year.” /Photo = Labor Newspaper News 1

As the rice-planting season began in earnest, a general mobilization order was issued in each region of North Korea. In response, North Korea is said to have set up guard posts in rural areas, randomly inspected passers-by, and sent them to farms to work.

According to a Daily NK source from South Pyongan Province on the 23rd, new inspection posts have been set up on the road leading to the farm and on major roads around the farm since the beginning of this month. It is known that this inspection post is managed by the State Security Department for the purpose of inspecting moving vehicles and personnel.

Inspectors at the inspection post stop passers-by to find out where they live and where they work, and then send them to work on the farm under the pretext that they went around privately during working hours. The source explained that the rice planting site will be sent only after working at the planting site and receiving a confirmation letter.

These MSS inspection posts are set up temporarily around farms during the rice planting season every year, and are often withdrawn when the rural mobilization period is over. said to have done

In the midst of this, the source said that the number of residents who are avoiding mobilization in rural areas this year due to food shortage is also increasing significantly.

Even if they go out to rural areas for mobilization, they say, ‘I can’t go out to work because I don’t have enough food for a day’ because people’s units or farms do not provide meals, so each person has to prepare their own meals.

In fact, it is said that there is a prevailing perception among residents that it is better to avoid mobilization in rural areas even if they face punishment or disadvantages.

A source said, “Although there are always many people who want to avoid mobilization in rural areas, this year more farms are unable to cover the required effort.

On the other hand, as the number of fevers in North Korea has increased recently, quarantine measures for rural mobilization workers have been further strengthened, and dissatisfaction with this is known to be great.

A source said, “As a spring cold is circulating, farm workers and mobilization efforts are emphasized to strictly follow quarantine rules.” We monitor it from time to time,” he said.

It is said that residents who are mobilized to work in rural areas are complaining of pain from skin diseases such as prickly heat rash while working under the scorching sun wearing two or three layers of masks.

Source: DailyNK by

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