North Korea Ban Its Citizens From Laughing And Drinking Alcohol For 11 Days, Here Is Why

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Citizens of North Korea have been banned from laughing for 11 days to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of former Supreme Leader Kim Jong Il.


The directive takes effect on Friday, December 17.

The ban on laughing is among several restrictions imposed on North Koreans to mark the occasion.

Other activities banned are drinking alcohol, laughing, shopping for groceries, or engaging in leisure activities, or even funeral rites and birthdays.

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The government said any violation of the ban during the mourning period will invite serious consequences.

“In the past, many people who were caught drinking or being intoxicated during the mourning period were arrested and treated as ideological criminals,” the unnamed citizen said. “They were taken away and never seen again.” During the mourning period, no one will be allowed to carry out even funeral rites or services or celebrate birthdays.

North Korea has planned several events to commemorate Kim Jong Il’s life. These include a public display of his photography and art, a concert, and an exhibition of the ‘Kimjongilia’, a flower named after him.

Kim Jong-IL ruled North Korea from 1994-2011 before being succeeded by his son Kim Jong-un.

He died on 17 December 2011.

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