North Korea bans citizens from showing signs of happiness for 11-days to mark former leaders 10th death anniversary

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North Korea bans citizens from showing signs of happiness for 11-days to mark former leaders 10th death anniversary

Citizens and residents of North Korea have been banned from laughing and drinking alcohol or showing signs of happiness for 11-days to mark the tenth death anniversary of their former leader, Kim Jong II.

Government authorities have ordered the public not to show any signs of happiness while North Korea commemorates the 10th anniversary of his death.

Kim Jong Il ruled North Korea from 1994 until his death in 2011.

He died of a heart attack on 17 December 2011 at the age of 69 after ruling the country for 17-years in a brutal and repressive dictatorship.

He was then succeeded by his third and youngest son, current leader Kim Jong Un.

Now, ten years after his death, North Koreans are being forced to observe the 11-day mourning period.

“During the mourning period, we must not drink alcohol, laugh or engage in leisure activities,” a North Korean from the northeastern border city of Sinuiju told Radio Free Asia (RFA).

The source added that North Koreans are not allowed to go grocery shopping on 17 December the anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death.

They added: “In the past, many people who were caught drinking or being intoxicated during the mourning period were arrested and treated as ideological criminals. They were taken away and never seen again.

“Even if your family member dies during the mourning period, you are not allowed to cry out loud and the body must be taken out after it’s over. People cannot even celebrate their own birthdays if they fall within the mourning period.”

The mourning period held every year for Kim Jong Il is usually 10-days, but this year it will be 11-days to mark the tenth anniversary of his death.

North Korea bans citizens from showing signs of happiness for 11-days to mark former leaders 10th death anniversary

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