North Koreans have been banned from laughing, drinking or displaying of happiness for 11 days to commemorate the tenth anniversary of former leader Kim Jong Il’s death .
The government authorities have ordered the public not to exhibit any displays of happiness while North Korea observes the 10th anniversary of his death.
North Korea was governed by Kim Jong Il from 1994 until his death in 2011.
After controlling the country for 17 years in a cruel and repressive dictatorship, he died of a heart attack on December 17, 2011, at the age of 69.
His third and youngest son, current leader Kim Jong Un, took over as his successor.
North Koreans are being obliged to observe the 11-day mourning period ten years after his death.
“We must not consume alcohol, joke, or indulge in recreational activities during the mourning time,” a North Korean from the northeastern border city of Sinuiju told Radio Free Asia (RFA).
According to the source, North Koreans are not allowed to go grocery shopping on December 17, the anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death.
“Many people who were caught drinking or intoxicated during the mourning time were arrested and treated as ideological criminals in the past,” they continued. They were kidnapped and were never seen again.
“Even if a family member dies during the mourning period, you are not permitted to cry aloud, and the body must be removed when the grieving period has ended.” If a person’s birthday falls within the mourning phase, they are unable to celebrate it.”
The annual mourning period for Kim Jong Il is generally ten days, but this year, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of his death, it will be eleven days.