According to a South Korea-based media outlet Daily NK, dozens of North Korean currency bills have surfaced with anti-Kim Jong-un slogans written on them.
The currency notes are covered with messages like "Overthrow Kim Jong-un" and "Punish Kim Jong-un " penned over images of the leader's grandfather and founder of the state Kim Il Sung.
The bills were scattered across the streets of downtown Hoeryong City in the North Hamgyong Province.
Security forces have reportedly “taken care of” the situation. An investigation has been called to dig up who was behind the act of political dissent. City-level security officials have deployed investigators to conduct handwriting tests to narrow down a list of suspects.
"So far, I haven't heard of any arrests," Daily NK's source said.
North Korea isn't a state that tolerates any sort of criticism easily. In fact the despot who rules the country has actually outlawed his people from using even sarcasm in their everyday conversion.
Any mocking phrase, whether direct or veiled behind humor, will be seen as “hostile actions by internal rebellious elements,” Radio Free Asia’s Korean Services quoted.
Kim has a reputation of being an intolerant leader who punishes and even kills people for things like not clapping or dozing off during his speeches.
In October 2012, a North Korean military officer was executed with a mortar shell blast for disrespecting his father, Kim Jong-il’s death by consuming alcohol during the 100-day mourning period.
Nevertheless, there have been reports of several incidents showing North Korean people's resentment and dissatisfaction with their supreme leader in the form of anti-government leaflets and graffiti.
“It appears that the intention is to simultaneously criticize the Suryong (Kim Il-sung) and the Supreme Leader (Kim Jong-un). Getting caught would invite extreme punishment for the perpetrator, as the individual and three generations of their family would be put to death for political crimes,” a source in Ryanggang Province told Daily NK.