In true Communist Party fashion, the arrest appears to have been made at a Party meeting and filmed on television. Saddam Hussein liked to do the same thing. As did Stalin.
Jang was said by South Korea’s intelligence agency last week to have been removed from the number two position in the leadership, but there was no official confirmation of this from the North at the time.
A terror state has nothing to run on but terror. And tyrannies begin new purges with each generation to stay in power.
North Korea has released images of the moment Kim Jong Un’s uncle was dragged from a meeting by police following his dismissal from government for ‘criminal acts that baffle imagination’.
The hermit state has reportedly ‘thrown the book’ at Kim’s former second-in-command, Jang Song Thaek, accusing him today of a string of crimes including womanising, alcohol abuse and ‘living a depraved life.’
Basically being a typical member of the North Korean elite which enjoys the good life but knows that it can be arrested for it at any moment. No parallels please, we’re liberals here.
Insisting Jang had failed to toe the Party line, the government, in an astonishingly frank and poetic revelation, said he had ‘dreamed different dreams’.
In North Korea, government decides what you can dream. Over here, if you like your dreams, you can keep your dreams.
And within days of his dismissal, Jang was already beginning to be erased from the country’s history as a previously recorded documentary about Kim was released with the disgraced statesman airbrushed out of every scene.
Photoshop makes things sort of easier.
And to cap his public humiliation, state television reportedly aired footage of Jang being arrested by uniformed police officers during a high-profile meeting in Pyongyang in front of hundreds of stony-faced colleagues.
I imagine he knew it was coming.
One of Jang’s aides, holding many of his secrets, recently defected to South Korean agents in China.
‘Jang and his followers committed criminal acts baffling imagination and they did tremendous harm to our Party and revolution,’ said the official KCNA news agency.
‘Jang pretended to uphold the party and leader, but was engrossed in such factional acts such as dreaming different dreams and involving himself in double dealing behind the scene,’ said KCNA.
‘Affected by the capitalist way of living, Jang committed irregularities and corruption and led a dissolute and depraved life.’
So again, typical members of the North Korean elite.