N Korea wary of copycat uprising: Study
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 09, 2011, 15:05
Seoul: North Korea has taken a carrot-and-stick approach to forestall the kind of popular uprisings seen in North Africa and the Middle East, according to a South Korean think-tank report.

The rebellions in the Arab world prompted the North to take "various measures" to prevent public disturbances, said the report, published Monday by the government-funded Korea Institute for National Unification.

The state security department instructed regional police stations on January 20 to step up ideological indoctrination, it said.

At the same time police were ordered to be lenient over offences related to people trying to earn a living.

The hardline communist state also suspended a nationwide security crackdown that was planned after the birthday of leader Kim Jong-Il on February 16, the report said.

Experts say North Korea tightened its blockade of outside information following the Arab uprisings, fearing copycat disturbances against the ruling Kim dynasty.

There have been reports in recent years of sporadic small-scale protests against chronic food shortages and other hardships.

But South Korea's Defence Minister Kim Kwan-Jin said last month that the communist regime's tight grip on its people would prevent any Arab-style uprising.

The Kim family also enjoys support from the North's 1.2 million-strong military.


First Published: Tuesday, August 09, 2011, 15:05

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