Affrontements dans plusieurs villes de Corée du Nord – février 2011

Scent of freedom in North Korea

24 02 2011 By Sunny Lee

BEIJING – « The riots are expanding even into North Korea. Hundreds of protesters have collided with the authorities, » said South Korea’s largest-selling Chosun Ilbo newspaper on Thursday, as top news on its website. Now finally, the global cascade of « Jasmine revolutions » in the Middle East and North Africa appears to have entered North Korea.

Chosun posted a North Korea map with large red circles around multiple cities to mark « riot zones », adding more drama to the report.

One of the circles is the town of Sinuiju on the border with China. « Hundreds of people clashed with security forces … The military was deployed to quell the demonstration, leaving some protesters wounded, » said Chosun. While the protest was sparked by a crackdown in a market, it was « an eruption of long pent-up discontent », it said.

South Korea’s online newspaper Daily NK reported on Wednesday that North Korea had created a special mobilization force to prevent any demonstrations similar to the recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.

Another daily, JoongAng Ilbo, said on Thursday that the authorities had begun purging elites who had studied abroad in Russia for fear of a possible coup by people « who were exposed to a Western lifestyle ».

Yet another vernacular newspaper, Donga Ilbo, on Thursday ran a piece on the « dramatic increase » of North Korean females choosing prostitution amid worsening economic hardship, linking it to the growing social instability of the country.

Indeed, hopes of a Jasmine revolution in North Korea are rising amid coverage of increasing pockets of resistance across the country, including the cities of Jongju, Yongchon and Sonchon, to mention a few. Read more…

Sunny Lee ( is a Seoul-born columnist and journalist; he has degrees from the US and China.

Isolated protests break out in North Korea

Feb 24, 2011

SEOUL – SMALL pockets of unrest are appearing in North Korea as the repressive regime struggles to feed its people, South Korean media reported yesterday.

The mass-circulation Chosun Ilbo reported that scores of people in Jongju, Yongchon and Sonchon in North Pyongan province last week caused a commotion two days ahead of leader Kim Jong Il’s Feb 16 birthday.

A North Korean source told Chosun Ilbo that the protesters fashioned makeshift megaphones out of newspapers and shouted: ‘We can’t live! Give us electricity! Give us rice!’

‘At first, there were only one or two people, but as time went by more and more came out of their houses and joined in the shouting,’ the source added.

The newspaper said that the North Korean secret police subsequently investigated the incident but failed to find out who had started the commotion.

‘When such an incident took place in the past, people used to report their neighbours to the security forces, but now they’re covering for each other,’ the source said.

Mondo in rivolta, proteste in Nord Corea: scontri tra polizia e manifestanti

Fanpage Social Media

24 febbraio 2011

pubblicato da Cristian Basile

Dopo il periodo di alta tensione tra le due Coree, il Governo nordcoreano dovrà affrontare anche la prime proteste intestine. In un evento del tutto inedito per la Corea del Nord, tre città del paese sono state il teatro delle proteste di centinaia di persone che chiedono cibo ed energia elettrica tanto da portare il regime comunista ad alzare il livello di allerta militare di fronte alla possibilità che il vento di libertà e cambiamento partito dalla Tunisia arrivi nel paese asiatico. La manifestazioni sono inziate il 14 febbraio, due giorni dopo del compleanno del presidente Kim Jong-iI ed hanno avuto come epicentro le città di Jongju, Yonchon e Sonchos lungo la frontiera con la Cina, nella provincia di Pyongan del Nord.

Le proteste hanno visto all’inizio la partecipazione di pochissime persone alle quali, in breve tempo, se ne sono aggiunte spontaneamente numerose altre. Lo dimostrerebbe l’uso di megafoni improvvisati con i quali i manifestanti coraggiosi hanno urlato le loro richieste: “Non possiamo vivere così, dateci la luce, dateci il riso!“. Pare che l’esasperazione sia nata dopo che il regime, per festeggiare il compleanno del presidente, ha abbassato ulteriormente la capacità elettrica della regione.

N.Korean Forces Crack Down on Protesters in Border Town

February 25, 2011

Hundreds of people clashed with security forces in the North Korean town of Sinuiju on the border with China on Friday, a source in the Stalinist country said Wednesday.

The military was deployed to quell the demonstration, leaving some protesters wounded.

The source said police officers cracking down on traders in a market in Sinuiju after the public holidays marking leader Kim Jong-il’s birthday beat one of them unconscious. The victim’s family protested and many other traders went along to support them.

When it looked as though other people might join the traders, security agents and military troops moved in. Rumor has it that four or five people were killed in the resulting clashes, but no details of civilian casualties are known.

The security forces were reportedly on emergency alert in the area after the incident. A defector from Sinuiju said, « Since Feb. 15, I’ve had difficulties communicating with my contact in Sinuiju. I called him at a pre-arranged time but his mobile phone was turned off. »

The source said while the protest was sparked by the crackdown in the market, it was an eruption of long pent-up discontent. Read more…





~ par Alain Bertho sur 25 février 2011.

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