A man in North Korea is to be executed by firing squad for ‘smuggling’, selling, and distributing digital copies of the South Korean series ‘The Squid Game’ which the Korean communist regime banned last year.
According to the report by Radio Free Asia who spoke to several people on condition of anonymity for fear of their safety, seven students were “caught” watching the series at school which they got through another student who brought it from China on a USB flash drive.
The student who bought one of the copies of the series received life imprisonment, while six others who watched the program have been sentenced to five years of hard labor, and the school’s teachers and administrators have been fired and will be sent to work in remote mines or isolated from society.
The report describes that the reason Kim Jong Un’s dictatorship would have banned the South Korean series is because of the similarity of the hermetic country to the one depicted in the series: impoverished or indebted people who are offered to play children’s games in exchange for big money prizes, but if they lose, they are directly killed, in some cases their organs are harvested to be sold for transplants.
Ironically, for having brought a copy of a TV series—beyond violent and grotesque—this man will be executed, and others will spend their lives in prison or be isolated from society.
Despite the effort of the communist authorities, the series, which is also a worldwide hit, has made its way into North Korea clandestinely through compact discs, USB flash drives, etc.
“This all started last week when a high school student secretly bought a USB flash drive containing the South Korean drama Squid Game and watched it with one of his best friends in class,” said a source from law enforcement sources in North Hamgyong province.
“The friend told several other students, who became interested, and they shared the flash drive with them. They were caught by the censors in 109 Sangmu, who had received a tipoff,” the source added.
109 Sangmu, a government ‘strike group’ dedicated to catching illegal video viewers, is officially known as the 109 Surveillance Bureau Group.
Last year, the Korean communist regime passed a law to ‘Eliminate Reactionary Thought and Culture’, a term previously used by the Chinese communist regime during its campaigns to eradicate traditional Chinese culture.
Under the implementation of this new law, people can be sentenced to death for watching, keeping, or distributing materials from capitalist countries, especially rivals such as South Korea and the United States.
“Residents are engulfed by anxiety, as the seven will be mercilessly interrogated until the authorities can find out how the drama was smuggled in with the border closed due to the coronavirus pandemic,” the source said, adding, “It means that the bloody winds of investigation and punishment will soon blow.”
According to testimony given to Radio Free Asia, the North Korean communist dictatorship will not rest with just punishing the seven students involved but will go so far as to search for every citizen who bought a compact disc or USB stick and make sure that every person who passed through the medium is punished, and those who were not involved will most likely fall into the dragnet.
But the investigation and the consequent punishment are all done under the pretext that “the education of the students was neglected” a typical tactic of communist regimes that use misleading labels to hide their brutality.
As for the teachers at the school, the source explained that “it is certain that they will be sent to toil in coal mines or exiled to rural parts of the country, so other school teachers are all worrying that it could happen to them too if one of their students is also caught up in the investigation.”
However, according to another of Radio Free Asia’s sources, one of the seven students managed to avoid sentencing by paying a $3,000 bribe to the authorities, a rumor among locals said.
“Residents are complaining that the world is unfair because if parents have money and power even their children who are sentenced to death can be released,” the source exclaimed.