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North Korean Sentenced to Death by Firing Squad After Students Caught Watching Smuggled Copy of Squid Game

Capt. Autismo

*Autistic Screeching*
The student who bought it was sentenced to life in prison.

A North Korean man has been sentenced to death for sneaking a copy of Squid Game into the country.

The smuggler will be executed by firing squad, after authorities caught a group of students watching the South Korean Netflix drama.

According to , the man was accused of bringing digital copies of the series back from China, and selling them on USB flash drives.

The student who bought the copy was sentenced to life in prison, while six others who watched it were given five years hard labor. Teachers and administrators at the school are also being punished, with some being fired and sent to work in mines.

"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," a source in law enforcement in North Hamgyong province told the outlet.

"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."

109 Sangmu, officially known as Surveillance Bureau Group 109, is a specialized government strike force that hunts down illegal video watchers.

While consuming media content from capitalist countries — specifically the US and South Korea — is illegal within the dictatorship and punishable by death, this is the first time the "Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture" law has been applied in a case involving minors, the outlet reported.

According to the source, the regime will now "mercilessly interrogate" those arrested to trace every person in the distribution chain, leading to further arrests.

"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," they said. "It means that the bloody winds of investigation and punishment will soon blow."

"The government is taking this incident very seriously, saying that the students' education was being neglected. The Central Committee dismissed the school principal, their youth secretary, and their homeroom teacher," the source added.

"They were also expelled from the party. 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."

The source also claimed that one of the students, who comes from a wealthy family, was able to escape punishment after his parents bribed authorities with US$3,000.

One of the main characters in the show, Player 067 Kang Sae-byeok, played by Jung Ho-yeon, is a North Korean defector who enters the violent games to pay for a broker who can bring her parents across the border.
 

dr_shadow

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What the hell does China get out of protecting that cesspool of a country. :hmm

A buffer against the American troops in South Korea. Plus a weaker Korea. If you keep Korea divided into two halves that spend most of their energy fighting one another, they're each less dangerous than a united Korea that could potentially be focused on fighting China.
 

Nemesis

Cafe Queen
Moderator
Considering how Squid game is a big attack on how capitalism is in South Korea, why ba... oh right one person escaped from the north and was after the money because of that.
 

dr_shadow

Moderator
Moderator
I feel like the media must still be exaggerating the number of crimes that can get you executed in NK, because if they're really full Hammurabi, I don't see how the country can function if workers and managers get shot left and right.
 

dr_shadow

Moderator
Moderator
besides, China is just as much of a cesspool as North Korea is so

OB-freaking-JECTION!

The level of brutality and neglect of the current PRC is no more comparable to North Korea than Qatar is to ISIS.

For example, China does not have public executions, and they generally doesn't use the death penalty for political crimes. They'll ruin your career and reputation, sure, but it's almost unheard of for someone to be killed for speaking out against the government. At worst they'll "cause you to die" by denying you medical treatment or such, like with Liu Xiaobo, but there are no Stalin-style firing squads of "Enemies of the People".

Seeking out information about the outside world, via VPN or such, is also in China at worst a misdemeanor. If you get caught you might get a fine and then you're good.
 
OB-freaking-JECTION!

The level of brutality and neglect of the current PRC is no more comparable to North Korea than Qatar is to ISIS.

For example, China does not have public executions, and they generally doesn't use the death penalty for political crimes. They'll ruin your career and reputation, sure, but it's almost unheard of for someone to be killed for speaking out against the government. At worst they'll "cause you to die" by denying you medical treatment or such, like with Liu Xiaobo, but there are no Stalin-style firing squads of "Enemies of the People".

Seeking out information about the outside world, via VPN or such, is also in China at worst a misdemeanor. If you get caught you might get a fine and then you're good.

alright fine North Korea is worse than China
 

dr_shadow

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alright fine North Korea is worse than China

North Korea in 2021 is like a time capsule of China in approximately 1971. There's no denying that China used to be as crazy as NK, but it would be unfair to them to pretend like the reforms of the past 50 years didn't happen.

There isn't a statue of Xi Jinping in every public space, for example.
 
North Korea in 2021 is like a time capsule of China in approximately 1971. There's no denying that China used to be as crazy as NK, but it would be unfair to them to pretend like the reforms of the past 50 years didn't happen.

There isn't a statue of Xi Jinping in every public space, for example.

would North Korea ever have china’s back if China invaded Taiwan in your opinion?
 

dr_shadow

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would North Korea ever have china’s back if China invaded Taiwan in your opinion?

Nope. As the world's most isolationist country, North Korea is completely uninterested in anything that happens outside the Korean Peninsula. Kim wants to create a new version of the Joseon dynasty, which was called "the Hermit Kingdom" and only traded with Ming dynasty China for those materials that physically could not be produced in Korea – for everything else it was self reliance and a bolted door to all countries except China.
 
Nope. As the world's most isolationist country, North Korea is completely uninterested in anything that happens outside the Korean Peninsula. Kim wants to create a new version of the Joseon dynasty, which was called "the Hermit Kingdom" and only traded with Ming dynasty China for those materials that physically could not be produced in Korea – for everything else it was self reliance and a bolted door to all countries except China.

would China back up North Korea if it was invaded again?

:hmm

if not, then this alliance isn’t that useful IMO
 

Jim

Normal Person
it wasn't harmful to their country, but i guess they'd rather send a message about the practice of smuggling altogether.
 

Fruits Basket Fan

Well-Known Member
This is shit...but when I heard about it being involved with squid game and how a certain Asian country (Japan) sexual fetish with tentacles....it makes me wonder if that guy had some fetish:scust
 
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besides, China is just as much of a cesspool as North Korea is so
OB-freaking-JECTION!

The level of brutality and neglect of the current PRC is no more comparable to North Korea than Qatar is to ISIS.

For example, China does not have public executions, and they generally doesn't use the death penalty for political crimes. They'll ruin your career and reputation, sure, but it's almost unheard of for someone to be killed for speaking out against the government. At worst they'll "cause you to die" by denying you medical treatment or such, like with Liu Xiaobo, but there are no Stalin-style firing squads of "Enemies of the People".

Seeking out information about the outside world, via VPN or such, is also in China at worst a misdemeanor. If you get caught you might get a fine and then you're good.
10/10 baitsmanship
 
I feel like the media must still be exaggerating the number of crimes that can get you executed in NK, because if they're really full Hammurabi, I don't see how the country can function if workers and managers get shot left and right.
Specially during parades. If every soldier feared for their lives, there is a lot of clapping and smiling.

its only a matter of time before eating one grain of rice is punishable by death from grenade explosions.
 

Shinra Kusakabe

Feast on the Blood of your Enemies
I feel like the media must still be exaggerating the number of crimes that can get you executed in NK, because if they're really full Hammurabi, I don't see how the country can function if workers and managers get shot left and right.
Well, there are all kinds of ways to make people live in fear. Unfortunately, rebellion happens eventually. This is why dictatorship is unstable.
 

Mider T

Apples and Bananers
According to the source, the regime will now "mercilessly interrogate" those arrested to trace every person in the distribution chain, leading to further arrests.
So the entire police force and probably Kim Jong-un himself.
 
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