North Koreans sentenced to execution by firing squad after students were caught watching a copy of the Squid Game he had smuggled into the country
- Man is believed to have brought digital copy of Squid Game back from China
- He sold Netflix shows on USB flash drives, including to several students
- They were captured by censors at North Korea’s Surveillance Bureau Group 109
- The man turned out to have brought it back and is now set to be executed by firing squad
A North Korean nan is to be executed for bringing a copy of Netflix’s Squid Game back to the country.
The smuggler, a student, is said to have returned from China with a digital version of the popular South Korean series tucked away on a hidden USB flash drive.
But after selling copies to several people, including fellow students, he was caught by the country’s surveillance services.
It is understood that he will now be executed by a firing squad – one of the cruel methods by which characters in the series are also killed.
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The arrests are believed to have taken place in the country’s North Hamgyong province, which borders China over the past week.
Radio Free Asia reported that a student who purchased a copy of the drive has since received a life sentence, while six others who watched the program have been sentenced to five years of hard work.
North Korea has a strict ban on material from the West and South Korea being allowed into the country, and officials are now conducting searches at students’ schools to find more foreign media.
Some teachers are said to have been fired or risk being banished to work in remote mines as punishment.
“It all started last week when a high school student secretly bought a USB flash drive containing the South Korean drama Squid Game and watched it with one of his best friends in class,” a police source told the publication.
The source said the couple discussed the series with friends who became interested and bought copies of him.
The dystopian world of Squid Games, where heavily indebted people are pitted against each other in Korean children’s games with losing players being executed, resonates clearly with North Koreans living under dictatorship.
But the students were then caught by the government’s surveillance service – 109 Sangmu – which had ‘received a tip’ that they were watching a Western television program.
The arrest of the seven students marks the first time the government is applying the recently enacted law on ‘elimination of reactionary thinking and culture’ in a case involving minors, according to the source.
The law has a maximum death penalty for viewing, storing or distributing media from capitalist countries, especially from South Korea and the United States.
However, punishments do not stop with the smuggler and the students who watched the video, as others unrelated to the incident will also be held accountable, according to the source.
The source added that the government took the incident “very seriously”,
‘The Central Committee has fired the headmaster, their youth secretary and their home teacher.’
The South Korean series, which is currently the most streamed show in the US and UK, is centered around a fictional game show where poor characters compete in a series of death games to win a cash prize of £ 27 million.
“They were also thrown out of the party. It is certain that they will be sent to work in coal mines or exiled to rural parts of the country, so other school teachers are all worried that this could also happen to them if one of their students is also caught in the investigation, ‘said the source.
In the wake of the students being caught, authorities began searching the markets for memory storage devices and video CDs with foreign media, a resident of the province told RFA.
“Residents are all shaking with fear because they will be mercilessly punished for buying or selling memory storage devices, no matter how small,” said the other source, who requested anonymity to speak freely.