North Korea executes man with firing squad for ‘breaking Covid restrictions’

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A man accused of smuggling across North Korea’s sealed-off Chinese border was shot to death by the Kim Jong-un regime after the leader beefed up security during the coronavirus pandemic.

The man was reportedly killed on November 28 by "firing squad" after he attempted to negotiate with Chinese businesses across the closed border.

He was reportedly killed in front of other residents in a bid to scare them to follow Kim's strict Covid-19 restrictions.

The regime still has not reported a single case of coronavirus, claiming that it has used resources to control the pandemic with preventative measures instead.

One source said the killing was typical of the regime's efforts to scare people into submission, according to RadioFreeAsia.

They said: "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

"Whenever the people complain because their livelihoods are affected, the authorities always try to shut them up by threatening them with public executions or by sending them to political prison camps."

A major outbreak could have dire consequences because the North's health care system is chronically under-equipped.

Earlier this year, a North Korean couple from the Ryanggang province near China, were shot dead after they broke quarantine rules to flee the country.

According to reports, their teen nephew reportedly survived because he was allowed to escaped execution.

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A Ryanggang resident told RFA: “Earlier this month I heard from an acquaintance in the provincial security department that a family who tried to escape the country was shot to death,”

“They were arrested for attempting to escape (across) the border, which is now heavily controlled due to the national emergency quarantine against the coronavirus.

“It was a couple in their 50s and a 14-year-old student. The boy is the son of the wife’s younger brother, who had previously escaped to the South. They were caught by border guards as they were trying to escape together

“The couple were tortured by the provincial security department into confessing that they tried to escape with their nephew after being contacted by her brother in South Korea.

“The boy’s father, who escaped to South Korea, had asked his sister to bring his son to him."

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