24 Feb '11, 1am

Isolated protests break out in North Korea:

SEOUL - SMALL pockets of unrest are appearing in North Korea as the repressive regime struggles to feed its people, South Korean media reported yesterday. The mass-circulation Chosun Ilbo reported that scores of people in Jongju, Yongchon and Sonchon in North Pyongan province last week caused a commotion two days ahead of leader Kim Jong Il's Feb 16 birthday. A North Korean source told Chosun Ilbo that the protesters fashioned makeshift megaphones out of newspapers and shouted: 'We can't live! Give us electricity! Give us rice!' 'At first, there were only one or two people, but as time went by more and more came out of their houses and joined in the shouting,' the source added. The newspaper said that the North Korean secret police subsequently investigated the incident but failed to find out who had started the commotion. 'When such an incident took place in the past, peo...

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