The North Korean authorities have begun to indoctrinate the membership of the Union of Democratic Women (UDW) as to Kim Jong Eun’s ‘greatness’, pushing them to live and learn like the soldiers of the Chosun People’s Army and even employing the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island to illustrate the successor’s military excellence.
A source from Chongjin in North Hamgyung Province revealed the news to The Daily NK on Tuesday, saying, “In recent propaganda documents, it said, ‘Democratic Women members should actively take on board the way of life in the military-first era, and accept the noble message of the Central Military Commission vice-chairman, comrade Kim Jong Eun.”
“The materials are being distributed in large numbers to enterprises and UDW members, and they are emphasizing their study,” the source explained.
The effort appears to show that the authorities have moved on from working to indoctrinate the armed forces towards emphasizing his greatness to the public.
According to the source, the materials the authorities are using to indoctrinate the UDW membership include a photo of a message carved into a road being built by soldiers during the March of Tribulation near Mt Guwol in South Hwanghae Province, which reads “For the future: the final year of hardship, 1997,” coupled to the story of the road construction. It is designed to reaffirm faith in socialism and promote devotion to the revolution.
Referring to the soldiers in the photo, the materials urge, “Democratic Women, learn from the People’s Army soldiers, their revolutionary consciousness and willingness to give their lives for the Leader. Raise high your revered comrade, comrade General Kim Jong Eun, and construct the strong and prosperous nation to the very end.”
But most importantly, the associated documents also mention Yeonpyeong Island, calling the younger Kim “a fine man of steel who crushed the enemy’s provocations at a stroke by shelling Yeonpyeong Island, the den of the Yankee’s stool pigeons (South Korea),” revealing precisely how North Korea domestically portrays the period of peace that has followed the bombardment of the South Korean island exactly one year ago on November 23rd, 2011.
The source also went on to say that the documents describe “Comrade Youth Captain Kim Jong Eun” as “a peerless hero resembling his father General Kim Jong Il,” and a man whose leadership of the People’s Army guarantees victory in any socialist war to defend the nation.