Are tears for N. Korean leader real or fake? Defectors say some of the grief over the death of Kim Jong Il is false and done only for the television cameras. “The people abandoned him in their hearts,” one man says.

"There was a rumor during the mourning period for Kim Il Sung that we were being graded in how we showed our grief. If you didn’t go out to mourn with the others, you would be in disfavor and that would count against you in the future," said Yoo, the defector whose wife and son died. "Especially for the people in Pyongyang, they had to show they were the most faithful."

Photo: Pyongyang citizens bow Wednesday in front of a portrait of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il at the Grand People’s Study House in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. The portrait was placed in the spot where the portrait of his father, Kim Il Sung, usually hangs. Credit: Associated Press

Are tears for N. Korean leader real or fake? Defectors say some of the grief over the death of Kim Jong Il is false and done only for the television cameras. “The people abandoned him in their hearts,” one man says.

"There was a rumor during the mourning period for Kim Il Sung that we were being graded in how we showed our grief. If you didn’t go out to mourn with the others, you would be in disfavor and that would count against you in the future," said Yoo, the defector whose wife and son died. "Especially for the people in Pyongyang, they had to show they were the most faithful."

Photo: Pyongyang citizens bow Wednesday in front of a portrait of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il at the Grand People’s Study House in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. The portrait was placed in the spot where the portrait of his father, Kim Il Sung, usually hangs. Credit: Associated Press

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    I was being a bit of a pedant. The original post was about defectors questioning the sincerity of the national grieving...
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    I’m sure Stockholm syndrome runs rampant in North Korea.
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