North Korean officials are demanding handwriting samples from thousands of Pyongyang residents after graffiti identified King Jong Un as the “son of Ab ****”.
The message: “Kim Jong Un, you son of ab ****. People are starving to death because of you, ”appeared on the walls of a residential building in Pyongchon district on December 22, according to the Daily NK news site.
The offensive doodle takes place amid a severe famine exacerbated by recent floods and the closure of the northern border with China due to the Covid pandemic.
The graffiti surfaced when high-level meetings of the ruling Korean Workers’ Party were held in the capital.
It was soon scrubbed off the walls by local officials and police are working to track down the culprit.
Officials went door-to-door to nearby homes and businesses to request handwriting samples and interview locals about their movements on the day the message appeared.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the 4th plenary session of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea at the Party’s Central Committee headquarters in Pyongyang on New Year’s Day
The excitement was reported to the Seoul-based Daily NK by a network of undercover “citizen reporters” in North Korea and China, from whom it received information about the closed state.
Police are likely to use thousands of CCTV cameras that Kim installed across the city, the website reported.
Criticism of Kim or the regime is strictly forbidden, and those who protest its tyranny are likely to face long sentences in notorious forced labor camps. In severe cases, rebels can even be executed.
Protests against Kim are extremely rare and almost unknown in the capital Pyongyang, where only the elites are allowed to live.
The last recorded example was in March 2018 when a colonel was publicly executed after writing slogans about the April 24th Pyongyang House of Culture. April 24th is the day of the sun, the birthday of Kim’s grandfather Kim Il-sung, the founder of North Korea.
However, the food shortage has become so great that it is now causing suffering to the residents of the capital.
Even Kim looked slimmer in the last few photos, though many speculate that this was due to health issues.
However, the North Korean government blames external factors for its food shortages, citing sanctions, natural disasters and the global coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: North Korean farmers harvesting rice on October 19, 2021
Kim acknowledged a “tight” food situation that could deteriorate if all crops were lost, exacerbating economic problems amid tight self-imposed border and movement restrictions that have slowed trade to a trickle. Pictured: File image of men plowing a field in North Korea in July 2017
Toshimitsu Shigemura, a professor at Waseda University in Tokyo and author of a number of books on the Kim dynasty, told The Telegraph: “To have a message like this on a wall in Pyongyang would have been a shock to the ordinary authorities People.
“The people there are expected to be loyal because their life is better than anywhere else, so the authorities will be concerned that the elite are unhappy. I think a lot of people who saw the graffiti will have agreed, but they would have been too scared to say it out loud. ‘
The impoverished country’s food shortage is so great that poorer citizens are kidnapping children of the rich while the regime has recommended people eat “delicious” black swan meat.
Four child abductions were reported in September as food, medicine, fuel and other essentials became scarce.
The country has been in a supply crisis since the border with China was closed in January 2020 due to the pandemic. North Korea is heavily dependent on its communist neighbor as sanctions mean it is unable to trade publicly with other countries.
Kim Jong-Un (C) visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on New Year’s Day in Pyongyang, North Korea
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that North Korea will have almost 860,000 tons of food this year – the equivalent of around 2.3 months of food for the country of 26 million people.
Although the country has no officially registered cases of Covid, experts believe this is unlikely due to smuggling across the porous Chinese border, and even Kim has hinted that his country is suffering from infections.
In June, Kim fired senior officials for what he called a “crucial” mistake that had caused “a major crisis with grave consequences.”
The North Korean dictator called back the country’s Politburo and verbally abused high-ranking communist officials, signaling that the country’s Covid defense had been breached.
Korea’s official Central News Agency did not disclose what the dictator was referring to, and it is unknown how many senior officials were fired or what happened to them.