first_img News AvatarChoi Song Min By Choi Song Min – 2015.05.20 4:35pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Facebook Twitter News center_img News Pent-up frustration leads many to vocalize mobilization grievances US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again North Korea has been mobilizing hordes ofpeople for state projects that include regular ‘spring month of sanitation’clean-up efforts and mass preparations for the country’s celebration of the70th anniversary of the Workers’ Party foundation day that falls in October. “People have no time at all to rest withall the preparations to clean and improve the environment and city surroundingsfor the 70th Party foundation anniversary,” a source in South Pyongan Provincetold Daily NK on Tuesday. “For everything from cleaning sewage to mendingdamaged water pipes and ditches, people are being mobilized even beforebreakfast.” “It’s not just for residential homes.Streets, village fences, roads, green areas, and bridges are all included, andeveryone from homemakers to those who work are being mobilized,” she explained. “Every day from 5 a.m. for about two hours before people have to goto work, residents have to take part with no exceptions. If you miss work, youhave to pay a fine.” District People’s Committees hand downassignments by neighborhood and inminban [people’s unit] and frequently monitorprogress being made on each project. “Inminban leaders in turn assign taskssuch as paving roads and landscaping to each household, meaning everyoneneeds to get their project done even if it means paying out of pocket,” she said.Even more complex projects such asreplacing old bridges and stepping stones with concrete bridges have beenassigned to members of the public. Pent-up frustration from having to work atsuch early hours on empty stomachs have led some to inscribe messages such as‘bridge before eating’ in wet cement on the pillars and surface of bridges,according to the source.   “Young elementary school students to middleand high school students spend half the day sorting gravel at railwayconstruction sites and applying limewash,” the source said. “Cadre excusethemselves blaming their guidance work, while donju [new affluent middle class]dispatch paid workers in their place, so it’s only the poor residents who arebeing mobilized.”“Merchants selling sand have appeared aswell. They sell 10kg of sand mixed with bits of gravel for about 1,000 KPW [0.12 USD],while limestone goes for 500 KPW [0.06 USD] per kilogram,” she said, adding that paint, hardly sold in the markets to begin with, is now scarce; as a result, the price of it has nearly doubled.  Residents have been critical of such stateprojects saying they’re being forced on to people without any investment fromthe state’s end. In some cases, people have not been shy to express thesesentiments publicly, saying they are being dragged into forced labor, thesource reported. These sanitation projects have beencarried out from March to April and September to October each year since the Cabinetadopted a measure announced by the country’s founder Kim Il Sung in 1958.*The content of this article was broadcast to the North Korean people via Unification Media Group. NewsEconomy Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more