» 08/29/2013, 00.00
Kim Jong-un publically executes ex-girlfriend
Joseph Yun Li-sun
On 8 August, the dictator was in the audience to applaud Hyon Song- wol , a singer with the Unhasu National Orchestra . Nine days later a group of artists were arrested accused of "pornography" and publically executed by firing squad on 20 August, condemning their families to a labor camp. Some of them were Christians. Analysts : " A victory for his wife, who also spent time in that orchestra and wants to consolidate her power over her husband and the succession of her son " .
Seoul ( AsiaNews
) - The North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un ordered the public execution of his
ex-girlfriend Hyon Song- wol , accused of "pornography" with a group
of artists from the National Orchestra of Unhasu, which his current wife , " companion" Ri Sol -ju
also once belonged to. The arrest took
place on August 17 , the execution took place in public three days later. According
to the indictment the women filmed themselves having sex and then sold the
videos in China. Some South Korean sources claim that there were any Christians
among those sentenced to death who had a Bible at home, a "crime"
that you can pay for with your life or imprisonment in a state gulag in North Korea.
shot to death include Mun Kyong -jin , director of the Unhasu orchestra, some
singers and dancers of Wangjaesan Light Music Band and some army musicians. All
family members of the women involved were sentenced to forced labor : according
to the Juche ( the delusional state doctrine conceived by the " father of
the nation " Kim Il -sung ) is not enough to punish those guilty of a
crime, but it is necessary to eradicate the evil " for three generations . " Every
year , on the basis of this principle , thousands of children are born in labor
camps and live there until their death.
"Young Marshal " Kim Jong-un , the third son and heir of the
"dear leader" Kim Jong -il, met Hyon about ten years ago . After
a brief "official" relationship, the engagement was broken by the
father of the dictator and the singer was given in marriage to a military man,
while the "third Kim " met
his present wife . According
to various sources, the two have continued to see each other even after their
public execution is thus seen as a victory of the "Companion" Ri, who
gave two sons to the current dictator and wants to ensure their survival in one
most cruel dynasties in today's world .
On 8 August, the
dictator took part in a concert performed by the now decimated orchestra (see
photo while applauding the exhibition of his own ex-girlfriend ) . The
execution is viewed by some analysts as a sign of affirmation of his power:
" Kim Jong-un is cruelly eliminating anyone who might be a threat to his
rule, anyone who can defy authority. Public executions
are silencing anyone who even thinks of undermining him . "
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