Probably forced to select between by jail time or crying. So they picked crying. Or they could be crying because they will get some food now.
Ohhhhhh! Some are doing a really good crying job!
i could b completely wrong but i wouldn't b the least bit surprised if a lot of n koreans totally bought into the idea that he was divine; not that long ago, the emperor of japan was believed to be divine, too. in thailand (a bit different) people are sent to jail for saying anything bad about the king or even for just drawing a mustache on a picture of the king!
ditto Erick's comment, first part of it.
This is a product of a possible two situations...1) They are crying because the government is holding guns to their families heads and saying "CRY FOR THE CAMERA OR YOUR FAMILY WILL DIE!!!"or, the more plausible..2) Nooooo!!! His son is more crazy than he was!!! What are we going to doooooo!!!!!
And the Oscar goes to...
So interesting Rand!What a life those people must have Kat. Funny Yosh!
That's EXACTLY what I was thinking Lulu!
Its probably staged...
What a different world, Betty . . .
No, they are not faking.If they don't show enough grief, the state might put the entire family into a work camp. Fear and brainwashing from the time they are born to love the great leader.Thailands lese majeste (offending the monarchy) is one of the most severe in the world. The difference being King Bhumipol is a really nice guy that is loved in real life. -kevin
I believe its part of traditional Korean culture to have mourners like this, being that he was the ruler, so that said..it was staged.
Anon, I wonder if they even show their true feelings behind closed doors.
Its hard to say how much "freedom of speech" one has in such a dictatorship, but if not spoken I am sure they must feel the opression and loss of free speech. Something that we as Americans may take for granted.
there was an article in our newspaper this morning that quoted a man who formerly lived in the North and he said groups of citizens are chosen to be official mourners...they are to show their grief for the world to see. He said there might have been people smiling deep within the crowd...doing so without being seen...
Anon, more and more I feel so lucky to have been born in Hawaii.Betty, those mourners did a great job.
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