North Korean officials have reportedly arrested dance tutors and some of their students for practicing “capitalist” dance routines using foreign media. Report on fridayQuotes sources in the teacher’s neighborhood.
Residents of the northwestern part of Pyongsung City said on January 31 that they had caught a dance instructor in their thirties teaching teenage students “foreign-style disco dance” in Yangji-dong, Pyongsheng City.
In North Korea, anyone involved in the mass media from South Korea and the United States can face life imprisonment or even the death penalty under the Rebellion Culture Exclusion Act enacted in December 2020.
Law enforcement is often generous around South Korea’s Lunar New Year, but anti-socialist inspection groups are particularly aggressive this year, sources said.
“The anti-socialist inspection group, which is jointly run by the Ministry of State Security and the police, is cracking down on people watching Korean movies and distributing foreign media,” residents told RFA.
Sources speaking on condition of anonymity alleged that police officers from the anti-socialist inspection group monitored the residence of the dance tutor in plain clothes for two days before the attack.
“During the day’s crackdown on dance instructors, a USB flash drive containing foreign songs and dance videos was plugged in next to a flat-screen TV,” sources said, and the flash drive also attacked.
The dance instructor is believed to have worked at Okcheon High School in Heijo for a monthly salary of 3,000 won ($ 2.50) and decided to open a private dance academy at home for junior and senior high school students.
According to another source, dance tutors charge about $ 10 an hour for dance classes twice a week. Most of her students come from wealthy families, who are often spared severe penalties for minor violations.
“However, the Central Committee has ordered that those who violate the Reactionary Thought and Culture Exclusion Act be severely punished regardless of class or class, so the foreign dance instructors and students caught this time will not be spared the trouble. I can’t. ” The source said.
“Their parents are also likely to be punished for being forced to leave the party.”
Meanwhile, a South Korean-based human rights group reported last year that at least seven people have died from watching or distributing K-POP videos and popular South Korean music since Prime Minister Kim Jong Un came to power in 2011.
Reuters contributed to this report.