Humiliation, the North Korean way

Gezz’s it was tough being an athlete in the 60’s for North Korea !!!

That team advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Italy, then the strongest contender, but lost to Portugal 5-3. The players were greeted initially as national heroes, but their stardom was short-lived. North Korean refugees have described how the team and its coach were subjected to an ideological criticism session similar to the 2010 session. But escapees also said members of the 1966 team were relocated to remote locations in the countryside and forced to live and toil under harsh conditions.

Somewhat later in the article:

North Korean authorities periodically execute people in public – in markets and stadiums, and even riverbanks – for non-violent offenses such as ”illegal” border crossing. Local authorities require the family of the condemned, including young children, to stand in the front row of spectators. The government runs massive forced labor camps not only for persons accused of “political crimes” but also for their parents, spouses and children. Children born inside these camps live as prisoners and can spend their childhood in forced labor.


1 Response to “Humiliation, the North Korean way”

  1. 1 Tom Awtry
    August 29, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    A good follow-on article regarding the harness of North Korea may be found here (http://goo.gl/kXUX)

    And entitled: From a North Korean Hell to Home

    Gomes, a 30-year old American citizen from Boston, entered North Korea without a visa in January the authorities tried him in a closed trial , sentenced him to eight years of hard labor and fined him $700,000. His crime? Illegal entry and unspecified “hostile acts” against North Korea.

    And there’s more here:

    Raw Video: American Held in North Korea Returns

    An American held captive for seven months in North Korea stepped off a plane Friday, looking thin but joyful as he hugged former president Jimmy Carter who had helped win his release and family and friends surrounded him in a group embrace.

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