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North Koreans Mourn 'Dear Leader'

Weeping crowds fill streets of Pyongyang
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2011 8:35 AM CST
North Koreans Mourn 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong Il
North Korean women cry after learning of the death of their leader Kim Jong Il.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

(Newser) – North Korea's propaganda machine gave Kim Jong Il the status of a demigod—one that the totalitarian state is now mourning. Video aired on Chinese TV shows throngs of people in Pyongyang weeping at news of the leader's sudden death, reports Reuters, and state TV reports that people are "writhing in pain." A 10-day period of mourning has been declared ahead of Kim's funeral on Dec. 28. Similar scenes followed the death of Kim's father, Kim Il Sung, in 1994, and there were reports of many people being crushed to death among the huge crowds that attended his funeral, notes the Daily Mail. (Read more Pyongyang stories.)

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