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North Korea banned laughter for 11 days

Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny - Reporter at The European Times News

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North Koreans are banned from laughing or drinking for 11 days on the tenth anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong Il.

Authorities have ordered the public to show no signs of happiness as North Korea commemorates his death, the Daily Mail reported.

“We should not drink alcohol, laugh or have fun during mourning,” a North Korean man from the northeastern border town of Sinuiju told Radio Free Asia (RSA).

The source added that North Koreans were not allowed to shop for groceries on December 17, the anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death.

Kim Jong Il ruled North Korea from 1994 until his death in 2011, and was succeeded by his third and youngest son, current leader Kim Jong Un.

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