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Sarcastic people in North Korea can now face repercussions for opening their mouths.
Apparently, Kim Jong Un just banned citizens from using sarcasm in casual conversations — especially those taking an aim at his regime.
Even indirect criticisms will not be tolerated, RFA reported.
Warnings were announced beginning late August in mass meetings organized by central government authorities, North Korean sources said.
An informant from Jagang province told RFA’s Korean Service:
“One state security official personally organized a meeting to alert local residents to potential ‘hostile actions’ by internal rebellious elements. The main point of the lecture was ‘Keep your mouths shut!’”
Some expressions banned include the ironic delivery of “This is all America’s fault” and the straightforward reference to Kim Jong Un as “a fool who cannot see the outside world.”
A tipster from neighboring Yanggang province said:
“This habit of the central authorities of blaming the wrong country when a problem’s cause obviously lies elsewhere has led citizens to mock the party.”
North Korea’s official webpage recognizes “freedom of speech” as a “fundamental right” of citizens:
“They also have freedom of speech, the press, assembly, demonstration and association, freedom of religious beliefs and they are entitled to submit complaints and petitions.”
North Korea is ruled by a one-party state that describes itself as “a genuine workers’ state in which all the people are completely liberated from exploitation and oppression.”
As per Daily Express, it recently threatened the United States of “unimaginably disastrous consequences” if the latter continued to mess with its ideology and social system.
The state also received international condemnation following its latest missile launches, angering neighboring countries.