North Korean is sentenced to execution by firing squad after college students had been caught watching a copy of Squid Game he’d smuggled into the country
- Man believed to have introduced digital copy of Squid Game again from China
- He offered Netflix present on USB flash drives together with to a number of college students
- They had been caught by censors at North Korea’s Surveillance Bureau Group 109
- The man was discovered to have introduced it again and is now set to be executed by firing squad
By William Cole For Mailonline
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A North Korean man is to be executed for bringing again a copy of Netflix’s Squid Game into the country.
The smuggler, a pupil, is claimed to have returned from China with a digital model of the hit South Korean collection saved on a hidden USB flash drive.
But after promoting copies to a number of individuals together with fellow college students he was caught out by the country’s surveillance providers.
It is known he’ll now be executed by firing squad – one of the grim strategies by which characters in the collection are additionally killed.
An English council has urged dad and mom not to enable their kids to watch the hit Netflix present Squid Game as a result of it’s ‘violent’ and ‘graphic’
It is believed that the arrests passed off in the country’s North Hamgyong province which borders with China over the final week.
Radio Free Asia reported that one pupil who purchased a copy of the drive has since acquired a life sentence, whereas six others who watched the present have been sentenced to 5 years laborious labor.
North Korea has a strict ban on materials from the West and South Korea being allowed into the country and officers are actually finishing up searches at the college students’ college to discover anymore international media.
Some academics are stated to have been fired or might face being banished to work in distant mines as punishment.
‘This all began final week when a highschool pupil secretly purchased a USB flash drive containing the South Korean drama Squid Game and watched it with one of his finest mates at school,’ a regulation enforcement supply instructed the publication.
The supply stated the pair mentioned the collection with mates who took an interest and purchased copies from him.
Squid Game’s dystopian world through which closely indebted individuals are pitted towards one another in Korean kids’s video games with dropping gamers being put to demise clearly resonates with North Koreans residing underneath dictatorship.
But the college students had been then caught by the authorities’s surveillance service – 109 Sangmu – who had ‘acquired a tipoff’ that they had been watching a Western TV present.
The arrest of the seven college students marks the first time that the authorities is making use of the newly handed regulation on the ‘Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture,’ in a case involving minors, in accordance to the supply.
The regulation carries a most penalty of demise for watching, retaining, or distributing media from capitalist international locations, notably from South Korea and the US.
Punishments do not cease with the smuggler and college students who seen the video, nevertheless, as others with no connection to the incident may also be held accountable, in accordance to the supply.
The supply added the authorities was taking the incident ‘very severely’,
‘The Central Committee has dismissed the college principal, their youth secretary, and their homeroom trainer.’
The South Korean collection, which is at the moment the most streamed present in the US and in the UK, centres round a fictional sport present through which poverty-stricken characters compete in a collection of demise video games to win a £27million money prize
‘They had been additionally expelled from the social gathering. It is definite that they are going to be despatched to toil in coal mines or exiled to rural components of the country, so different college academics are all worrying that it might occur to them too if one of their college students can be caught up in the investigation,’ stated the supply.
In the aftermath of the college students getting caught, authorities started scouring markets for reminiscence storage units and video CDs containing international media, a resident of the province instructed RFA.
‘The residents are all trembling in concern as a result of they are going to be mercilessly punished for purchasing or promoting reminiscence storage units, irrespective of how small,’ stated the second supply, who requested anonymity to converse freely.