Harsh punishment ordered for officials celebrating birthday party
“Officials facing punishment for organizing a birthday party, drinking, and neglecting their duties. Officials in the crosshairs of the crackdown are facing expulsion from the Party and dismissal from their positions,” ASIAPRESS reporting partner, ‘A’ said.
But another reporting partner, ‘B’ questioned the excessiveness of this punishment: “People are saying that the officials caught drinking will be dismissed. But it’s excessive to punish ‘drinking’, even during the battle period.”
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‘A’ reporting partner explained that the National Security Agency (secret police) and Security Forces (police) were leading the investigation into officials drinking. He explained: “The Chief of the People’s Committee in X city held a birthday party in his home during the 70-day battle. While they were singing and dancing the Inminban (a government neighborhood watch organization in North Korea) reported them and the National Security Agency arrived to investigate.”
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