“Owning a family photo of defectors is treason”… North Korean authorities making absurd claims

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It is reported that the North Korean authorities recently issued an order to ‘burn photos of defectors’ families’ under the pretext of so-called ‘class struggle’ to the local security forces.

According to a Daily NK North Hamgyeong-do source on the 21st, the Chongjin-si Security Agency is visiting households with defector families and inspecting photo albums.

It is said that this will be carried out until the day of the founding of the Republic (Section 9 and 9) in order to completely re-investigate and erase traces of North Korean defectors and missing persons.

In this process, the security guards are not hesitant to threaten. It is said that it begins with a clichéd accusation that ‘North Korean defectors betray their family and their country for their own enjoyment, flee to another country, and fret over their motherland, who gave birth to them and raised them.’

Then, ‘to have photos of those who betrayed the country means to sympathize with them” ‘If they are discovered while hiding photos of them (North Korean defectors) because they are family members, it is regarded as an act of treason against the policy and instructions of the party. You will be subject to legal punishment,” the source said, raising the level of fear.

In this regard, on the 12th, in the Pohang district of Chongjin-si, security guards visited the families of North Korean defectors and conducted an investigation by comparing their registered names with their real names and faces. It is also said that the photos of the family members who escaped from the house were incinerated at the scene.

In addition, it is said that during this process, the security guards questioned ‘Are there any other photos being built?’ and threatened to punish them if ‘if it is confirmed that there are other photos in the future’.

This measure by the North Korean authorities is read as an intention to thoroughly block the possibility of spreading external information and fantasies about capitalism to the people through defectors.

A source said, “People who went to South Korea often spend money to express their regret and longing for the families left here (North Korea). It seems that they have been instructed to remove it,” he said.

This means that the North Korean authorities, which declared the intensity of the anti-socialist and non-socialist struggle through the extended meeting of the 8th and 5th plenary session of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea held recently, have expressed their will to thoroughly eradicate the influx of foreign cultural objects.

It also shows a strategy to maximize the fear of North Korean refugee families in North Korea. Under the pretext of general re-investigation and house investigation, it means that it is a strategy to instill a consciousness that ‘I know everything, so do not even dream of crossing the river or escaping from North Korea’.

Meanwhile, there seems to be growing agitation among the local residents.

The source said, “It is heartbreaking not to be able to see my children again, but there are a lot of complaints about the fact that the order to remove the photos was issued.” There are many residents who breathe a sigh of regret,” he said.

Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.

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