The North Korean government has placed its citizens under an 11-day laughing ban to honor the death of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un's father, former Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il.
North Koreans are forbidden from consuming alcohol, laughing, or engaging in leisure activities, said a resident of Sinuiju, North Korea, according to a report.
The ban went into effect on Friday, the 10th anniversary of Kim Jong-il's death, and North Koreans were forbidden from grocery shopping on that day, the report noted.
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"In the past, many people who were caught drinking or being intoxicated during the mourning period were arrested and treated as ideological criminals," the resident said. "They were taken away and never seen again."
The restrictions during the 11-day ban are so stringent that not even a family tragedy is powerful enough for one to be permitted to show emotion.
"Even if your family member dies during the mourning period, you are not allowed to cry out loud, and the body must be taken out after it's over," the resident said. "People cannot even celebrate their own birthdays if they fall within the mourning period."
Officials reportedly "crack down" on any violators.
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"It's a monthlong special duty for the police. I heard that law enforcement officials cannot sleep at all," said a local in the southwestern province of South Hwanghae.