The prickly supreme leader of North Korea has outlawed his people from using sarcasm in their everyday conversion in a bid to crackdown on criticism of his leadership.
Kim Jong-un has banned people from making sardonic comments about him or his tyrannical regime fearing people only agree with him “ironically.”
A series of mass meetings were organized across the country to spread word quickly and to warn citizens of the dire consequences of insulting the dictator.
The subjugated and demoralized workers of the country have been told 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.
Even top government officials were threatened they will “not be forgiven” if they were overheard being sarcastic.
“The main point of the lecture was ‘keep your mouths shut,” one source told the news agency.
The crackdown began last month when the same message was delivered during a meeting at neighboring Yanggang province on August 28.
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Even indirect phrases, which can be conceived as snarking on Kim’s authoritarian government, have been prohibited.
One of the expressions that have been outlawed is “This is all America’s fault,” — a phrase which is construed as “unacceptable” and a jibe at the suspicious leader’s obsession with blaming the United States for his own failures.
“This habit of the central authorities of blaming the wrong country when a problem’s cause obviously lies elsewhere has led citizens to mock the party,” an anonymous source said.
A scornful description of Kim, “A fool who cannot see the outside world,” which was on the tongues of the discontent public, has also been blacklisted. The phrase was widely circulated by government workers in the capital city of Pyongyang when the notoriously isolated leader refused to attend commemorations held in China and Russia to celebrate the end of World War II.
Evidence of public discontent with Kim’s tyrannical regime has slowly but surely spread throughout the Hermit Kingdom this year. Derisive graffiti mocking production slogans have been found near constructions sites of Pyongyang and much more scandalous scribbling attacking the despotic leader himself have been seen in areas close to China, sources told RFA.
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