By Paul Bremmer
All around the world, people are getting ready to celebrate Christmas – but not in North Korea. The country’s dictator, Kim Jong-Un, has prohibited gatherings that involve drinking alcohol and singing, according to South Korea’s National Intelligence Service.
The NIS said this move is Kim’s attempt to smother dissent as U.N. sanctions over his country’s nuclear program start to take effect.
“[North Korea] has devised a system whereby party organs report people’s economic hardships on a daily basis, and it has banned any gatherings related to drinking, singing and other entertainment and is strengthening control of outside information,” the NIS stated, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.
This decision comes after Kim already banned Christmas in 2016. He told the country’s few practicing Christians to celebrate his grandmother, Kim Jong-suk, instead – she was born on Christmas Eve in 1919. Kim Jong-suk was the first wife of the country’s founder, Kim Il Sung, and she is a staunch Communist known to North Koreans as “the Sacred Mother of the Revolution.”
Some shops and restaurants in Pyongyang still display Christmas trees decorated with lights and baubles, according to USA Today, but the trees contain no religious symbols.
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Source:: World Net Daily