November 28, 2010

AND YET WE MAINTAIN THE KIMS IN POWER:

North Korea's undercover journalists reveal misery of life in dictatorship (Julian Ryall, 28 Nov 2010, The Telegraph)

[E]xtraordinary video images smuggled out of North Korea, combined with reports of graffiti and posters critical of the regime, indicate a growing willingness among a previously cowed public to speak out and demand change.

Such dissent would once have been unthinkable in the reclusive state, but now hunger and plummeting living standards are now triggering demands for freedom - something that no North Korean has ever experienced.

Evidence of the rising tide of discontent has been captured on film by a small group of "citizen journalists", who newsgather at great personal risk to themselves. They then carry the footage across the heavily guarded border into China.

In one dramatic clip, a woman who is trying to board a truck to take her to work flies into a rage after a uniformed policeman demands a bribe. She shouts at him and waves her finger in his face until he backs away. Emboldened, other people come to her aid, shouting at the officer.

The clip ends with the unidentified woman yelling: "This cop is an idiot!"

In another chilling scene, a dejected and apparently emaciated woman is seen scavenging for grass to feed her animals. Asked what she herself eats at home, she pauses before replying flatly: "Nothing."

Both clips, with explanatory subtitles, can be seen on the Telegraph website, along with a video interview with a lorry-driver who has begun supplying such material to a Japanese news agency - using a false name, Kim Dong-Cheol, to protect his identity.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 28, 2010 12:21 PM
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