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North Korea ‘publicly executes 80 people’
北韓「公開處決八十人」

North Koreans visit bronze statues of North Korea’s late founder Kim Il Sung, left, and late leader Kim Jong Il at Mansudae in Pyongyang, North Korea on April 15.
北韓民眾四月十五日在北韓平壤萬壽台,參觀北韓已故創建人金日成(左)與已故領導人金正日的銅像。

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North Korea publicly executed around 80 people earlier this month, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows, a South Korean newspaper reported on Nov. 11 last year.

The conservative JoongAng Ilbo cited a single, unidentified source, but at least one North Korean defector group said it had heard rumors that lent credibility to the front-page report.

The source, said to be “familiar” with the North’s internal affairs and recently returned from the country, said the executions were carried out in seven cities on Nov. 3 last year.

In the eastern port of Wonsan, the authorities gathered 10,000 people in a sports stadium to watch the execution of eight people by firing squad, the source quoted one eyewitness as saying.

Most were charged with watching illicit South Korean TV dramas, and some with prostitution.

Several of the cities, including Wonsan and Pyongsong in the west, have been designated as special economic zones aimed at attracting foreign investment to boost the North’s moribund economy.

(AFP)

南韓一家報紙去年十一月十一日報導,北韓本月稍早公開處決約八十人,許多是因為觀看非法走私的南韓電視節目。

保守的《中央日報》引述單一、不明身分的消息來源,但至少一個脫北者團體表示曾聽聞傳聞,為這篇頭版報導增加可信度。

這名熟悉北韓內政、近期從這個北韓返回的消息人士說,七個城市在去年十一月三日執行處決。

消息人士引述目擊者的話指出,在東邊港都元山市,當局召集一萬人在體育場,觀看八人被行刑隊槍決。

多數被控告觀看非法南韓電視劇,有些則是因為賣淫。

包含元山市和西邊的平城市等城市,已被指定為特別經濟區,以吸引外資來提振北韓奄奄一息的經濟。

(法新社/翻譯:自由時報國際新聞中心)

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. smuggle v.

走私 (zou3 si1)

例: He was accused of smuggling guns.

(他被指控走私槍枝。)

2. prostitution n.

賣淫 (mai4 yin2)

例: Public opinion condemns prostitution.

(輿論譴責賣淫。)

3. moribund adj.

垂死的 (chui2 si3 de5)

例: The moribund patient showed no fear in the face of death.

(該位垂死病人無懼死亡。)


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