A North Korean citizen was publicly executed by authorities for violating “emergency quarantine measures,” according to Radio Free Asia.
A man accused of smuggling across the sealed-off Chinese border was shot dead on November 28 in order to scare people into following the rules
While North Korea officially claims it has never had a case of Covid-19, Kim Jong-un’s regime has brought in ‘ultra-high-level emergency quarantine measures’ and troops have been ordered to shoot trespassers at the Chinese border, sources say.
‘They held a public execution by firing squad to threaten residents here in the border area, because there’s been a lot of contact with people on the other side of the border, including a lot of smuggling,’ one source said.
The person sentenced to death was described as a man in his 50s who was accused of smuggling with Chinese business partners across a border which has been closed for most of 2020.
Citizens are growing increasingly scared of the control measures imposed by the government, a North Pyongan official told RFA.
“While guarding the border seamlessly from the ground, in the air, and at sea, authorities ordered soldiers to shoot anyone approaching the border unconditionally, regardless of who the person is or their reason for being in the area. It is an absolute threat to the border area residents,” the second source said.
China is North Korea’s biggest trading partner and aid benefactor, but trade between the two has slumped by 75 per cent because of the pandemic.