North Korean mourners, crying to survive?—CNN

“Many have asked whether the anguish is genuine. How could citizens mourn the passing of a totalitarian, such a gross abuser of human rights?      The answer may be found in the human rights abuses themselves.                                                                                          It is a lamentable characteristic of totalitarian regimes that they often demand acts of deceit from those they oppress. Often it is a matter of simple survival. Those who hate the regime are obliged to demonstrate patriotism. To fail is to risk persecution. The only alternative is to flee, a choice made by tens of thousands of North Koreans in the past two decades.” (John Sifton:director of advocacy for Asia at Human Rights Watch. READ MORE:

Defectors Skeptical About N.Koreans’ Grief(Chosun Ilbo)