80 executed for watching foreign films in N Korea
EIGHTY people have been executed by firing squad in North Korea for watching foreign films, according to a newspaper report.
South Korea's 'JoongAng Ilbo' newspaper reported that the co-ordinated public executions took place in seven separate cities earlier this month.
In one case, the local authorities rounded up 10,000 people, including children, and forced them to watch, it reported.
Those put to death were found guilty by the state of misdemeanors, including watching videos of South Korean television programmes or possessing a 'Bible'.
Sources told the paper that witnesses saw eight people tied to stakes in the Shinpoong Stadium, in Kangwon Province, before having sacks placed over their heads and being executed by soldiers firing machineguns.
"I heard from the residents that they watched in terror as the corpses were so riddled by machinegun fire that they were hard to identify afterwards," the source said.
Relatives and friends of the victims were reportedly sent to prison camps, a tactic that North Korea frequently uses to dissuade anyone from breaking the law.
Meanwhile, in a new report, the Rand Corporation think tank claims that leader Kim Jong-un survived an assassination attempt in 2012 and that his personal security has since been stepped up dramatically. (© Daily Telegraph, London)