Five People Killed As Protests Shift To North Korea: Government Mobilizes In Preparation For Violent Demonstrations

Tyler Durden's picture

Freedom fighter Bernie Bernanke's has just carved another notch in his liberation bed post. With everyone expecting Saudi Arabia to fall next, or even South Korea, following days of consistently unreported bank runs, it is North Korea which takes tonight's gray swan award. From The Chosunilbo: "Hundreds of people clashed with security forces in the North Korean town of Sinuiju on the border with China on Friday, a source in the Stalinist country said Wednesday. The military was deployed to quell the demonstration, leaving some protesters wounded. The source said police officers cracking down on traders in a market in
Sinuiju after the public holidays marking leader Kim Jong-il's birthday
beat one of them unconscious. The victim's family protested and many
other traders went along to support them. When it looked as though other people might join the traders, security
agents and military troops moved in. Rumor has it that four or five
people were killed in the resulting clashes
, but no details of civilian
casualties are known." So how much are those North Korea CDS again? And how much longer does China think it can suppress its own 1.3 billion-strong tsunami?


The security forces were reportedly on emergency alert in the area after the incident. A defector from Sinuiju said, "Since Feb. 15, I've had difficulties communicating with my contact in Sinuiju. I called him at a pre-arranged time but his mobile phone was turned off."

The source said while the protest was sparked by the crackdown in the market, it was an eruption of long pent-up discontent.

The regime had promised to dole out special rations to Sinuiju residents ahead of Kim's birthday on Feb. 16 but reportedly failed to keep the promise. People were also angry that the regime was once again trying to interfere with their attempts to earn a living in the market.

Meanwhile, the online newspaper Daily NK reported on Wednesday that the regime created a special mobilization force to prevent any demonstrations similar to the recent uprisings in the Middle East.

And since North Korea has no problems with devaluing its currency, expect to see Won raining from the sky a day or so ahead of the latest farcist monetary repudiation, as another attempt at whorism goes whorribly wrong.

h/t Sergey

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margaris's picture

will this be the "nuke"-domino?

terryg999's picture

North Korea has about as many nukes as I do.

margaris's picture

aha, then you must be ernst stavro blofeld ('s cat) ?

reader2010's picture

The Japanese sources have been saying the Chinese militray have been quietly moving into North Korea since last month. 

redpill's picture

Another Brick in a crumbling Wall.


Michael's picture

Three cheers for The Bernank, destroyer of worlds.

Hip Hip Hurray, x3.

Zero Hedge Operation Falling Knife is underway.

ZH'ers provoked Wall Street to ignore all fundamentals and drive the market as high as it could go with Fed funny money, in spite of ZH's logical arguments against.

The stock market bubble collapse will wipe out all the gains for the last 18 months and then some. S&P sub 666 here we come.

The bigger the bubbles grow, the harder they pop.

SMG's picture

I would pray North Korea and China could be free.  I would pray we all could be free.

eigenvalue's picture

Hopefully North Korea won't collapse by the end of year. I'm planning to visit this rogue country this coming summer or maybe next year. If North Korea collapsed, there wouldn't be much to see any more.

UGrev's picture

Save your money, visit Detroit.. same same.. 

saulysw's picture

Don't forget to stay at the Ryugyong hotel!

Oh... it might not be finished yet. Construction only started in 1987.


sterling effort's picture


Tony Wheeler's book, 'Badlands: A Tourist on the Axis of Evil', is a great read. The chapter on North Korea very funny.

YHC-FTSE's picture

Considering the lack of any modern communications for the protesters to coordinate, I think we have a little while longer. Might be worthwhile for Samsung to airdrop a few containers of smart phones and nodes to get things going. I kid you not: They shoot tourists who misbehave. There is no wriggle room to get out if you piss off the NKs in any way. I remember a SK woman on a tour of Mt. Kumgang resort who stepped onto the wrong bit of beach and got her head blown off by the guards. 

WaterWings's picture

Excuse my ignorance and mind in the gutter but that's a real place!

YHC-FTSE's picture

+1 True story & At least someone got the double entendre.

margaris's picture

I am afraid religion is part of the problem, ....


I dont like GOD , I never have.

We must get rid of GOD, ...  Its such an archaic exaggerated power-symbol....

Its like the ultimate perversion of power and corruption and leadership. The super-totalitarian overlord.



Maybe we have to get rid of religion and theism to introduce REAL FREEDOM to humanity.

Stop blindly following leaders, especially GOD.

I hope this day will come in a few centuries...

FullFaithAndCretin's picture

God doesn't think much of you either.

tmosley's picture

To be fair, he doesn't really think at all.

asdasmos's picture

With you on that brother.


"The easy confidence with which I know another man`s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also."
-Mark Twain

"Religions are conclusions for which the facts of nature supply no major premises."
-Ambrose Bierce


"Religious faith not only lacks evidence, its independence from evidence is its pride and joy, shouted from the rooftops." -Richard Dawkins
aheady's picture

"Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day." -GC

iota's picture
"And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!
But He loves you!
He loves you, and He needs money!"
Howard_Beale's picture

I'm with you. In NK, Kim is actually looked at as God by many people. When a surgeon went in and restored 1000 people's eyesight, the people actually bowed to the picture of Kim Jong Il for giving them their sight back. National Geographic did a special on this and it was stunning to watch.

All of these dictators have God complexes and most people (I was not) are indoctrinated into some form of religion at an early age. It's part of humanity's need to explain why the sun comes up. Ask Bill O'Really.

And Tyler-whorism goes whorribly wrong--most excellent.

terryg999's picture

Haven't you seen the crowds faint at the sight of the Holy O?

Burnbright's picture

God has nothing to do with this, your point is extremely tangential. The reason these dictators exist is because of global monetary policy, and these protests glogally is just a sign of it unraveling. What you are witnessing is the end of the dollars influence, it is truly sureal to actaully watch the evidence of its demise by these spontaneous revolts over pricing volatility. This isn't about God, this is about the end of faith in global fiat currency.

Watch as imports plummet in this country and exports explode, that will be the end is near (couple months) signal as trillions of dollars come flooding back to the US soil and all our shelves become empty.


sabra1's picture

why don't you follow obama, didn't you know he's the antichrist?

Joe Sixpack's picture

"We must get rid of GOD..."


Here are a list of major countries that already have implemented that project. Give up your US citizenship and move, then enjoy your freedom:


1. China

2. Russia (Soviet)

3. North Korea

e_goldstein's picture

prey all you want. nothing is going to get fixed until each and every one of us takes action.

New World Chaos's picture

I have prayed the same thing, not just for China but for the Middle East, America, and indeed the whole world.  Eris has answered.  This is just the beginning.

The future looks like this:

This year:

-Saudi Arabia falls to the Islamists.  Talking heads blame terrorists for inflation; Ben gets to extend the ponzi a few more months.

-China crash and rebellion.

-Dollar collapse, riots come to America, sheeple start to wake up en masse.

-False flag terror on US soil to sucker us into a Middle East war.

Next year:

-Europe disintigrates.  One less stepping-stone to world government.

-Ron and Rand Paul win GOP primary, survive assassination attempts, are seen as Chosen.

-Obama cracks down, becomes most unpopular president ever.  "Disappearances" start.

-Elites are forced to openly steal the election for Obama.

-I meet a Mayan priest in the shroom dimension, try to steer the world through the eye of the needle towards freedom.  The prophecy aids in the global awakening, with a critical turning point occuring on Dec. 21.


-U.S. Civil war as almost all states rebel.  It is a very one-sided civil war, not a Rothschild's slaughterhouse like the last one.

-A huge wave of pissed-off people sack NY and DC.  This becomes our generation's Woodstock.  Elites and their enablers are hanged for treason. 

-During the revolution, documents are discovered which show that the tinfoilheads were right about everything, including 9/11, aliens and a Satanic plot to destroy America.  Enough to make sure nobody trusts the elites for hundreds of years.


America is reborn as a free country with a gold standard, no legal teder laws and a great respect for the Constitution.  Commerce Clause and all laws based on it (i.e. most of them) are abolished.  Without the worldwide oligarchy holding us back, it is the dawn of a new Renaissance of freedom, prosperity and scientific advancement.


dick cheneys ghost's picture

Libya unrest could create 350,000 refugees to european shores. how will the world cope with the coming wave of migrants? UN study says 50 million by 2020.

Ahmeexnal's picture

The US is destined to become a collection of city states.

Rham knows this, hence his career move. 

BTW, nothing on ZH about Rham's victory?

Pegasus Muse's picture

Just waiting for the reports of voting irregularities to surface.  All those long dead Daley Machine Dems miraculously reappearing at the voting booths throughout the city.  

Max Hunter's picture

BTW, nothing on ZH about Rham's victory?

I was wondering the same thing..

sabra1's picture

sorry, but i charge $100 per hour for my services!

Scottj88's picture

Jesus christ, talk about a ridiculous world these days.  The world looks like it is preparing to go to war with every country on the verge of collapse.... America is about to start feeling it, and its citizens should be preparing.  This worldwide instability will cause oil prices to rise to 150$ then 200$ (as talked about by lindsey williams recently) with oil opening up in the US in texas, montana, alaska, and colorado... Apparently we have a lot of oil, to the tune of 8x more than Saudia Arabia.. 2 Trillion barrels is what he is talking about...


North korea will be an interesting part...

But in the end we need to deal with our bankers at the Federal Reserve...


chump666's picture

India news on food protests it, was on wires mins ago

arkady's picture

There are now some kind of protests in almost every major country.  There are reports that showing Bolivia, India, China, North Korea, have all experienced something or other.


It is insane to see such places like N. Korea experiencing protests, just insane.  It is probably the tightest police state in the world at the moment.

Cistercian's picture

 Yes, Kim jong-il's workers paradise is a very scary place to try to dissent in.The reeducation camps/prisons are legendary(if they don't shoot you outright).

  The people their are fed up and well as the victims of famine.

 The overthrow of the Kim regime would be glorious...but if reunification happened, the south would have a tough time of it.The north is a crater economically...not to mention the education challenges.

vxpatel's picture

Can the stupified fructosed out nation of consumers be prodded enough into protesting?

Chump's picture

Yep, but by the time we get up off our collective fat asses it will already be too late.

"I strongly denounce the absence of milk and bread in our grocery stores!"

"Hell Yes, Send Us Our Checks!"

"Respect Our Rights!  Give the People Food!"

Good luck, zombies, you're gonna fucking need it.  We all are.

Ahmeexnal's picture

London has more surveillance cameras than any other city in the world.

Didn't stop rioters in that tight police state.

Monday1929's picture

1% of world population, 25% of cameras.

YHC-FTSE's picture

My thoughts exactly. Protests in NK are just unheard of. Horrid about any civilian deaths, of course, but at the same time gratifying to read that they are not all totally brainwashed sheep. No facebook, no tweeter, no www - so getting the word out is going to be impossible over there. Shame.

gwar5's picture

I have to hand it to Poland. They have been through so much in recent history -- the Germans, the Soviets. But they remain a strong and proud freedom loving people when they could have completely devolved.

Money Squid's picture


All together now.....

Hacksaw's picture

People have had it, what's amazing is the spark was struck in Tunisia. Who would have ever thunk it? Tunisia, most folks had never heard of it.


but what can a poor boy do cept sing in a rock & roll band