North Korea: Presenting A Ruthless Symbol And Violence

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Introduction
A lot of people may know about the recent activity in North Korea such as the missiles that they threatened to fire at us. I was very curious why they wanted to do that even though they knew they can't reach America and not even Hawaii.
Background
North Korea is a communist government and is ruled by a dictator, Kim Jong Un. North Korea has a communist government, which means that the government gives everybody the same amount of money and supplies to all the people. From 1910 to 1945 Japan ruled all of North Korea. After World War 2, from 1939 to 1945, Russia controlled what is right now North Korea and the United States controlled South Korea. In 1988, a mass starvation took ...view middle of the document...

He said that you are treated like an animal and have to hard labor that you are ordered to do. Breakfast is usually served at 7am and consists of a handful of cornmeal and 50 to 90 soya beans. Inmates work till noon, then given lunch and work till 6pm or 7pm. Dinner is served at 7:30pm, the rest of the evening is dedicated to the only entertainment available to prisoners, learning and memorizing the rules and regulations of the camp. “If one prisoner got as little as one word wrong, the entire team had to stay up till everybody got it all correct” said Hyuk. Hyuk watched three people be executed for trying to escape the camp and one for eating stolen food. All the others were beaten by the guards. The rooms are very tiny holding 50 people per room. They only have enough room to lay huddled together side-by-side.
Executions
There have been lots of executions in North Korea, but there are some that stand out more than others. On November 3rd, 2014, 80 people were publicly executed for smuggling South Korean TV show dramas into North Korea according to a South Korean newspaper. Now, you’re probably thinking “why would they do that?” or “That seems wrong.” The reason they might have done it because North Korea does not want their people to see what is going on in the world, only what they tell them. For example, internet does not exist there, other than a closed domestic network, legal televisions are tuned to state controlled domestic programming, every house and business has a government issued radio that you can’t change or turn off, only turn down. So once they got the TV shows from South Korea and were caught, they might have thought it was something more than just TV show dramas. It could have been information on how to escape the country or information on the outside world.
Another execution that stood out was eight people were publicly executed for smuggling South Korean video and having possession of a Bible. 10,000 people were brought into a sports stadium and were forced to watch as a firing squad shot the people so bad that they were almost impossible to identify afterward.
The last one that stood out was that people were saying that in December, Kim executed his uncle, Jang Song-Thaek and five other men by stripping them down and putting them six in a cage with 120 dogs that have not been feed for three days. It was said it was witnessed by 300 senior officials. Now, there is a chance that could have never happened but Kim has a track record for doing that kind of things. He accused Jang, 67, of corruption, womanizing,...

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