North Korea has organized a public execution by a firing squad to punish a violation of coronavirus rules, according to insiders in the country.
A man accused of crossing the closed Chinese border was shot and killed on November 28th in an attempt to urge people to obey the rules, according to Radio Free Asia.
While North Korea officially claims it has never had a case of Covid-19, Kim Jong-un’s regime has put in “very high-level emergency quarantine measures” and the troops were ordered to shoot intruders on the Chinese border, sources said.
“They carried out a public execution by firing squad to threaten residents here in the border area, as there was a lot of contact with people across the border, including a lot of smuggling.” , said a source.
North Korean regime led by Kim Jong-un carried out a public execution to punish coronavirus rule violation, insiders in the secret country say.
The person on death row has been described as a man in his 50s who has been accused of smuggling with Chinese business partners across a border that was closed for most of 2020.
China is North Korea’s largest trading partner and aid benefactor, but trade between the two has fallen by 75% due to the pandemic.
Fearing that smugglers could introduce the virus, Kim’s regime has stepped up its military presence at the border to enforce the restrictions. Pyongyang has also dispatched special units to check border guards and make sure they are not themselves involved in smuggling, it is claimed.
Another source said the public execution was typical of the regime’s efforts to scare people into submitting.
“Whenever people complain because their livelihoods are affected, the authorities always try to silence them by threatening them with public executions or sending them to political prison camps,” they said.
North Korea has argued it has not found a single case of the coronavirus on its soil, while saying it is making every effort to prevent the spread of the virus.