Kim Jong-un gets second job
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un strikes fear into some hearts, but pictures of a Chinese street food vendor with a distinct resemblance to him have fuelled online mirth. Chubby, with a round face and sporting Kim’s trademark haircut, the vendor was photographed cooking meat. Like Kim, he has a penchant for high-buttoned jackets and smokes, and although his identity remains unknown, it is known that he works in Shenyang, not far from the North Korea border. Thousands of Internet users commented on the images, with many referring to Kim as “Fatty the Third,” a reference to his weight and having inherited his position from his father and grandfather. “This has got to be Fatty the Third’s brother — quick, bring him back,” one Sina Weibo user wrote, with another saying: “Fatty the Third finally has a money-making career,” in an apparent reference to the government providing the bulk of North Korea’s trade and aid.
Palestinian car tires slashed
Suspected Jewish extremists punctured the tires of dozens of Palestinian cars in annexed east Jerusalem yesterday in the latest so-called “price tag” hate crime — a euphemism for hate crimes that generally target Palestinians — police and a foreign journalist said. The attack took place in Beit Hanina, a Palestinian neighborhood, with Hebrew graffiti on a nearby bus reading: “Gentiles in the land are enemies.” Police said the tires of 34 cars were punctured, but the correspondent placed the number at 45, saying that all four wheels of each car were slashed. Local residents said that security cameras at the site showed a group of men were behind the crime.
Man jailed for planning rally
A court yesterday jailed for 18 months a man who applied to hold a protest on the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square killings, his lawyer said. Gu Yimin (顧義民) was found guilty of “inciting state subversion” for posting photographs of the 1989 crackdown online and applying for permission to stage a protest on its anniversary last year, said his lawyer, Liu Weiguo (劉衛國). “This judgement violates the constitution,” Liu said, adding that Gu would appeal the verdict, handed down by a court in Changshu in the eastern Jiangsu Province. “We maintain that Gu Yimin was exercising his right to freedom of speech.” Liu added that men he believed to be state security officers had assaulted him and another lawyer outside the courthouse.
Farmer dies in land protest
A farmer was burned to death during a protest on Friday over land seized for development, state-run media said yesterday. Geng Fulin (耿福林), 62, died when a tent that he and other farmers had erected next to a swath of rural terrain sold by the local government to a property developer caught fire, the Global Times reported. Two others were injured in the blaze in Pingdu, Shandong Province, the paper said, adding that police suspect arson. Locals claimed that the land had been secretly sold to a property developer and farmers who held rights to use it had not received compensation to which they were entitled, the report said. Local government officials took Geng’s body to be cremated following his death, according to news portal Caixin. It added that a heavy police presence was visible at Geng’s funeral on Sunday. The case prompted widespread outrage on social media yesterday. Forced evictions are the single greatest source of public discontent, Amnesty International said in a report last year.