Chang in court on Friday (AFP)

North Korean state news agency KCNA has announced that Chang Song-thaek, uncle of the North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un, has been executed. Chang, who helped his nephew during the early days of his leadership was described as being ‘worse than a dog’ during the announcement that said he had been executed for acts of treachery.

Thw White House issued a statement which said:

“If confirmed, this is another example of the extreme brutality of the North Korean regime. We are following developments in North Korea closely and consulting with our allies and partners in the region,” (source)

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Chang was executed on Thursday shortly after a special military trial. According to KCNA Chang:

  • Attempted to “overthrow the state”
  • Transformed his department into “a ‘little kingdom’” and attempted to “trigger off discontent” within the army to mobilise a coup
  • Took control of the “major economic fields of the country” and “schemed to drive the economy of the country and people’s living into an uncontrollable catastrophe”
  • Committed corruption by transferring construction units to his contacts
  • Committed irregularities related to a joint economic zone set up with China
  • Was responsible for unpopular currency reforms in 2009

State TV this week showed photos of Chang being dragged out of his seat at a meeting by two officers, in an extremely rare public humiliation of a figure who was then demonized as a drug-taking womaniser.

The Kim family has ruled the North for six decades with an iron fist, regularly purging those showing the slightest sign of dissent. Most are executed or sent to prison camps.

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Contributed by Chris Carrington of The Daily Sheeple.

Chris Carrington is a writer, researcher and lecturer with a background in science, technology and environmental studies. Chris is an editor for The Daily Sheeple. Wake the flock up!