|Statue of Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang|
So where do they come up with the money for all the festivals and events? Easy! Squeeze the hell out of the already-starving North Koreans.
North Korean government is forcing all government agencies to collect foreign currency and taxes as much as they can in whatever way possible. Exploits include buying dollars and other foreign currency from citizens with North Korean money, which has lost virtually all value because of the failure of currency overhaul. Others include forcing citizens to sell gold, selling cellphones at ridiculously high prices, kidnapping old folks from nearby nations and collecting their pension (as reported by a Japanese Magazine, AERA), asking South Korean government to pay them dollars instead of giving them snacks.
According to some that visited North Korea recently, citizens are complaining that the government has been taking away every last penny out of them in ways nobody can even imagine. When will this nonsense end?
Sources : NEWSIS : 北 '외화매집' 혈안…"꽃제비 정권" 불만팽배
Daily NK : "北, 외화 확보에 혈안…주민 주머니 털기도"