Squid Game Smuggler Sentenced to Death in North Korea

A smuggler who sold copies of Netflix’s popular hit series “Squid Game” in North Korea has been condemned to death by firing squad.

The individual reportedly sneaked copies of the Korean-language show into North Korea on USB drives, where seven high school students were captured watching the tape.

A student who purchased one of the flash drives was condemned to life in prison, while six others who saw the tape were sentenced to five years of hard labor. Teachers and administrators at the institution have also been sacked or faced forced work in isolated mines.

The bleak, dark, and violent program about 456 indebted South Koreans competing in a series of life-or-death children’s games for a chance to earn $38 million resonate with North Koreans, particularly Pyongyang’s wealthy people.

According to a law enforcement source in North Hamgyong Province, which shares a border with China, a high school student watched “Squid Game” in a classroom with one of his classmates on Monday.

Surveillance Bureau Group 109, the government’s strike team against foreign media, subsequently detained the seven pupils in what is thought to be the first time North Korea has used the new rule in a case involving children.

After the students were apprehended, authorities began scanning surrounding marketplaces for further memory storage devices and foreign media, according to one North Hamgyong source.

Last year, North Korea issued a rule on the “Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture,” which includes a potential punishment of execution for viewing, possessing, or distributing material from capitalist nations such as South Korea and the United States.


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