Strengthening crackdowns on individual food sales… Threatened to “Sell by firing squad if caught selling secretly”

A rural village landscape in Suncheon, South Pyongan Province, North Korea, taken in 2018. A vendor is selling goods in a sack on the street. /Photo = Daily NK

Recently, it is reported that North Korea is strengthening crackdowns and controls on individuals selling food.

A source from North Hamgyong Province told Daily NK on the 6th, “In late October and again in mid-November, an order was issued to thoroughly eliminate the phenomenon of individuals selling grain on the street.” It is a very difficult situation to sell.”

At the same time, the source said, “These measures appear to be aimed at preventing food trade between individuals and for the state to control and dominate food prices.”

In fact, it is known that in Chongjin City, personal food sales are strictly prohibited except for food outlets and stores.

It is said that the city safety department and the security guards at the dong branch office go through the streets and alleys to crack down on individual food sales, and when they are caught, all food is confiscated free of charge.

The source explained that dissatisfaction is coming not only from the merchants who sell food, but also from the residents who buy food from them.

According to a source, a Chongjin resident said, “If the price of rice at the national food store is lower than the price of rice sold by individuals, they would not say anything, but there is no difference, but people are more dissatisfied with the ban on individual rice sales.” said.

Then, the resident said, “People who earn a living every day live by pulling rice from individual rice vendors on credit and asking for money the next day after work at the market. It is impossible,” he said.

On the other hand, as individual food sales have not been eradicated despite the crackdown and control by the North Korean authorities, safety agencies are creating fear, saying, “If you are caught selling secretly, you will be executed by firing squad,” the source said.

The source said, “There are many cases where what security officers say is actually proven these days.” There is a possibility,” he said.

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