North Korea “Street trade, anti-people crimes… “Creating risks in the prevention of corona”

Political business data on the ban on business in the vicinity of markets and on the streets of North Korea. /Photo = Daily NK source provided

As residents’ dissatisfaction with the strengthened street business control as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) has increased, the North Korean authorities have recently defined this as an ‘anti-popular criminal act’, and it is reported that they have started a ideological education project.

Daily NK recently obtained data on political projects related to this. It is said that lectures were held at factories and enterprises and inminbans in various places from the beginning of last month to the middle of last month through a document titled ‘Let’s completely eliminate the phenomenon of doing business around markets and on the streets’ prepared by the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the North Korean Party Central Committee.

First of all, the data pointed out at the outset that “a novel coronavirus (virus) has spread all over the world, causing great anxiety and concern in the international community, and even a mutated virus is causing a global catastrophe.”

“After the national emergency quarantine was declared to prevent the virus infection and the borders were closed, some residents who did not wake up were agitated in the face of temporary difficulties, and they were disrupting the quarantine project by conducting business in disorder around markets and on the streets,” he said. did. This is emphasizing the justification of street trade control.

Previously, this paper reported that the North Korean authorities have strengthened control since March by forcibly seizing locust vendors (street vendors) through the Ministry of Social Security (police). Since then, the crackdown has been gradually increasing, such as dragging the relevant residents to the labor training camp.

However, it is said that even in such a ‘clean-up’ battle, there were no cease to be a continuation of the residents who went out to trade in the streets to avoid the surveillance of the police officers to overcome the economic difficulties of the corona virus. In addition, there were not a few voices of resentment, saying, “Why are you not letting me do business as I please?” Recognizing the fact that such complaints are high, the authorities started a ideological education project for the residents.

Data related to this said, “Among not a few residents, pursuing that one benefit first rather than society and groups, they are turned over by a few pennies, creating disorder around markets and on the streets without wearing a mask, while sanitation and safety are not guaranteed. They are creating risks to the quarantine project by serving food to customers.”

In particular, “Using the emergency quarantine period as a place to make money and doing business around markets and on the streets compared to the difficulties of life is a conscious, anti-popular criminal act that causes complaints and dissatisfaction within us and disturbs the public mind. ) is an act of transfer that puts the system at risk.”

In mid-June, North Korea’s supreme leader (Chairman Kim Jong-un) directly emphasized resolving the food problem through a special order, but it is known that the situation has not improved since then. Except for some privileged classes in Pyongyang, regular supply was not made.

Nevertheless, the authorities are putting pressure on the residents who went to street vendors to overcome the food shortage rather than to solve the food problem through lectures, calling them “reactionaries.”

A source said, “To stop doing business around markets, streets, and alleys in a situation where there is no food supply is virtually the same as saying you will die of starvation. It seems that there is a plan to suppress it.”

The data even instigated, “How should we view people who trade on the streets because they are fascinated by that one profit and a few pennies?” The argument is that all residents should shake off the overthrow of street vendors.

However, among the residents, there are many paternalistic voices who say, “How difficult it is to make a living on the streets and alleys while being treated as subhuman by young people who are being punished as sons or nephews,” the source said.


Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.

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