Kim Jong-un crisis: North Korean citizens TURN on despot over bizarre COVID announcement

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Kim Jong-un crisis: North Korean citizens TURN on despot over bizarre COVID announcement

North Korean residents have turned on Kim Jong-Un after state-run media confirmed the industrial city of Kaesong will be placed under lockdown amid

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North Korean residents have turned on Kim Jong-Un after state-run media confirmed the industrial city of Kaesong will be placed under lockdown amid fears a refugee may have brought the virus into the country from neighbouring South Korea. Several North Korean citizens have broken-cover and questioned how an individual who had previously fled in 2017 could be blamed for bring the virus back with him.

Sources cast doubt over the explanation from officials as people had been returning from higher risk areas including China and Russia without any trouble.

Kaesong is located close to the border with South Korea and has been shut down after state-media declared a national emergency on July 19.

One source told Radio Free Asia Chairman Kim is trying to shun any responsibly for the suspected case and use it to warn people against leaving to South Korea.

They said: “Some conscious residents point out that the authorities are trying to put the blame for the failure of the coronavirus quarantine on a single North Korean refugee who has re-entered North Korea.

“The residents are wondering how the background of this decision could be due to the symptoms of the returned North Korean refugee.

“They do not believe the announcement that suspected coronavirus symptoms, which had not been seen in people returning from countries like China and Russia, but were suddenly found in one North Korean refugee.”

A second source added: “Most residents are puzzled by the fact that the authorities have been silent on the numerous cases of suspected coronavirus in people near the borders of China and Russia, yet they are making a big deal out of a single returnee to Kaesong.

“They say the authorities want to shirk responsibility for their failure in the coronavirus quarantine by blaming the returnee, and still have an excuse to tighten control over the movement of residents.”

North Korea has reported zero domestic cases of coronavirus to the World Health Organisation.

North Korea has not said whether the returning refugee had tested positive for COVID-19 but insisted he was showing symptoms.

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A source revealed citizens face more than three months of hard labour if they are caught not wearing a mask in public.

Police officers and a crack team students have been conducting patrols since the rule was introduced on July 16.

Another insider added those caught trying to flee the country into neighbouring China face a year of disciplinary labour.



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