No. Korea Puts On a Show as Kim Jong Il Memorial Comes to an End

In this photo, a camera crew seems to be omitted and the snow appears whiter. Photo: KCNA/Reuters

The world has seen more of North Korea since the death of Kim Jong Il than it has in the many years prior. With the world watching, the isolated and secretive country has been sure to put on a show for global onlookers.

Over the past week and a half, we’ve become familiar with the overwhelming expressions of grief coming from the North Korean people, which some speculate may be exaggerated because the authoritarian government wouldn’t have it any other way. We have an ABC news clip about that after the jump.

The Guardian also suspects that an image from the memorial service (above) may have been Photoshopped (click to their website for the original image). It’s not clear what would be gained by altering the photo, but we’re confused over most everything else about this country.

Today was also the public coronation of Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Il’s son, to “supreme leader.”

Photo: Associated Press/Kyodo

The memorial, which was attended by thousands of people who were organized row by row in a really astonishing display, was a public showing of support from the population and officials for Kim Jong Un. This despite his inexperience and youth. News reports state that, based on the speeches during the service, it appears that Kim Jong Un will follow in his father’s footsteps, emphasizing military might at the cost of the well-being of the North Korean people.

As a final farewell, the country had a moment of silence followed by three minutes of horns and sirens, according to The Wall Street Journal.


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