A South Korean newspaper reported this week that a North Korean firing squad executed the girlfriend of leader Kim Jong Un and 11 other entertainers for allegedly violating laws banning pornography.
Among the dozen well-known Korean performers shot to death while their families and former band members were forced to look on, was Hyon Song Wol, a singer Kim reportedly dated ten ago but was forced to break up with by his fascist father, Kim Jong II.
The onlookers were then sent to prison camps, victims of the regime’s assumption of guilt by association, the reports stated.
The executed were 12 members of the Unhasu Orchestra and the Wangjaesan Light Music Band, accused of violating anti-pornography laws by videotaping themselves having sex and selling copies of the tape to North Korean fans and in China.
Some of those arrested in the Aug. 17 crackdown, as reported by the Chosun Ilbo, were also found to have Bibles in their possession. Communist countries strictly forbid religious affiliation as it equates with corruption of the West.
Among the dozen performers shot to death while their families and former band members were forced to look on, was Hyon Song Wol, a singer Kim reportedly dated tens years ago but was forced to break up with by his dictatorial father, Kim Jong Il.
Hyon was pictured by North Korean state television performing at a concert Aug. 8 in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, less than two weeks before her execution, Chosun Ilbo reported.
This latest event is a death knell to the hopes of a more open and less repressive era in North Korea.