7 October, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile

mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato

e-mail this to a friend printable version

» 08/19/2010
Pyongyang on its knees: only potatoes to stave off famine
The capital's population had grown accustomed to a slightly better diet compared to the rest of the country. But the sanctions, the five-year plans and currency reform are beginning to be felt. And the population shows signs of timid protests against the regime.

Seoul (AsiaNews) - The population of Pyongyang, the capital of the Stalinist regime of North Korea, is increasingly frustrated because of the price of basic necessities and lack of basic foods in stores, according to former residents, who have fled to South Korea.  They point the finger at the last year’s disastrous currency reform and against the five years economic plan, which the regime insists on continuing.

According to one source, "market prices continue to rise. The population is angry, and complains of these factors. According to some estimates, 60% of the population is dissatisfied with the authorities". On the other hand the inhabitants of Pyongyang, given its proximity to political power, were used to having better access to goods passing through the country: now they have to survive on potatoes.

The same source, who went as far as China in search of food, continues: "Life just won’t return to normal, food distribution no longer works, and the complaints this time are different from what has been heard in the past. In July and August, only potatoes were distributed to workers and other residents of Pyongyang, we are beginning to see real protests against the government".

A further sign of the disaster is ongoing by the privileged classes of society, such as members of the military and national security agencies, which receive limited rations as the rest of citizenship. Until recently, however, their diet was comparable to that of an Eastern European capital in the days of communism in.

North Korea has lived for at least two decades, an untenable food situation. Based on the principle of Juche - the self-sustainability preached by the first dictator Kim Il Sung - the government has pursued economic projects that have proven unsuccessful.

Added to this are the heavy penalties imposed by the international community after Pyongyang’s announcement it was developing a nuclear arsenal, which have in fact eliminated all foreign goods from the market, and the terrible currency reform ordered by the "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-il last December.

To prevent further defections in the high military ranks, in fact, the dictator has removed two zeros from the currency, eliminating savings and investments. In this way he has forced into poverty even the wretched middle class in the country, throwing it into panic. "Now - says the source - the effect of all this is hitting the capital. But without food, patriotism will not last long".  

e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
04/15/2010 NORTH KOREA
Fugitive from North: Regime uses atomic bomb to blackmail
12/09/2009 NORTH KOREA
Pyongyang, people protest against the poverty generated by the new currency
by Joseph Yun Li-sun
03/14/2007 NORTH KOREA - UN
UN official: United Nations, an ATM for Kim Jong-il
06/01/2009 KOREA
Pyongyang ready to test launch another inter-continental missile
04/17/2008 NORTH KOREA
Population crushed by famine, but the regime saves the statues of the Kims

Editor's choices
Pope: In “extremely difficult social and marital context”, Church called to carry out mission in fidelity, truth and charity.The opening Mass of the Synod on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world," Pope Francis speaks of the paradoxes of global society: "power" accompanied by loneliness and helplessness." Today's man "ridicules" the family and love, but thirsts for it. The Church bears witness to indissoluble love, but must not forget to care and sustain "the man who falls or who errs." "A Church with closed doors betrays itself and its mission, and instead of being a bridge it becomes a barrier."
Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong in the top ten of the world economyWorld Economic Forum on competitiveness ranking published. Top three unchanged since last year: Switzerland, Singapore and the United States. Japan sixth, followed by Hong Kong. The world economy is slowing down compared to the previous decade, only exception- addition to China - India, which gains 16 positions.
Pope in the US: “We Christians, the Lord’s disciples, ask the families of the world to help us”In the last Mass of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Francis Pope highlights the daily "little gestures" that define the family, which is “the right place for faith to become life, and life to become faith". Gratitude, respect, and collaboration with families in which the Spirit operates can be found in every “family, people, region, or religion”.


Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.