North Korea Shuts Down Its Universities

Pyongyang has informed its oppressed people that the nation will have finally achieved its goal of being “a great, prosperous and powerful nation” by 2012. With Dictator Kim Jong-il turning 70 early next year, he hopes for the country to be in a stronger position than it currently stands, for his son to succeed him.

 

Apparently the evolution into a great nation requires some high sacrifice. According to reports from South Korea, Pyongyang has ordered university students out of the class rooms and into the labor force. With the exception of students already months away from graduation and foreign exchange students, all classes have been canceled until April of 2012. The students are expected to be put to work on construction projects around the nation, including roads and repairs to agricultural areas affected by recent typhoons.

 

Despite this analysis, some reports in Japan give another angle on the decision. “One reason is that there is a possibility of demonstrations at university campuses,” said Toshimitsu Shigemura, a professor at Tokyo’s Waseda University. He went on to say, “The leadership has seen the ‘Jasmine Revolution’ in Africa and it is very frightened that the same thing could happen in North Korea, They fear it could start in the universities.”Further evidence of this comes from the fact that the North Korean government has made recent purchases of anti-riot gear from China.

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