“Separate establishment of a protest crushing escort squad”…Kim Jong-un, is this the seriousness of public sentiment?

From left, escort commander Kwak Chang-sik (listed), Han Soon-cheol, head of the Party Central Committee’s escort agency (listed), and Kim Yong-ho, escort chief (Lieutenant General). /Photo = Labor newspaper capture

It was belatedly reported that North Korea created a separate escort unit with a mission called’demonstration suppression’ in mid-January.

According to a high ranking military source inside the Daily NK on the 23rd, the order to establish a new unit was issued in the name of the Supreme Commander (Chairman Kim Jong-un) immediately after the 8th Labor Party Congress.

Accordingly, excellent combatants, commanders, and sharp shooters (about 900) were selected out of the total unit members led by the escort command, and they are said to have been incorporated into a new protest and suppression escort unit named ’41 Battalion (7 companies)’.

The 41st Battalion is located in Buksae-dong, Moranbong District, Pyongyang City, and is said to receive direct instructions from the escort commander. In the process of this new construction, new weapons and gear such as protective clothing, machine guns, bulletproof hats, shields, and sniper rifles were supplied. It means that you have completed the minimum preparation for the mission.

Here, attention is paid to the existence of a’demonstration suppression’ unit in North Korea, which maintains socialism in its name. It is pointed out that it is ironic to take action with the possibility of systematic rebellion in the’popular-centered socialist state’.

In addition, it is pointed out that it is a dual move in that it emphasized’immigration wi-cheon’ and’popular first politics’ through the 8th Party Congress. Rather, the authorities, which declared war on non-socialism, were not able to establish a two- and three-fold surveillance system, so they organized such a unit with the intention of preparing for an emergency.

In particular, there are also observations that the North Korean authorities, which sensed the separation of public sentiment due to the so-called’corona economic crisis’, had inevitably created such a unit in secret. He intends to use this unit as a shield to protect the fortress of’the highest dignity’.

In fact, the source introduced, “The command post of the escort command emphasized that the slogan of’let’s escort the great Comrade Kim Jong-un with life’ to the new military officers and soldiers should be kept in the heart and prepared as a universal escort,” the source introduced.

However, it is said that the 2nd Battalion, directly under the escort command, was carrying out the mission of escorting and suppressing the demonstrations at the Geumsusan Solar Palace where the bodies of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il were enshrined. With this measure, a new specialized unit for suppressing protests was created.

Regarding this, the source said, “We will immediately suppress revolts and protests in case of emergency while assigning only one task separately. They will be able to exercise their powerful authority to prevent abnormal phenomena from occurring in the Pyongyang city where the head of the revolution is located in the future.” .

On the other hand, in North Korea, the escort command is the highest level of security service and is the unit responsible for overall security work for the highest leaders and senior officials.

Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.

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