On December 30th, North Korea gave every soldier a gift package consisting of one bottle of liquor, 250 grams of cooking oil, one pack of cigarettes, 1 kilogram of sugar and candies, 500 grams each kimchi and doenjang (soybean paste), 200 grams of ground red pepper, 600 grams of cake, one piece of tofu, and two pieces of apples.
Kim Jong-un’s New Year gift packages reached a company belonging to the 26th border guard unit in YangGangDo as well. Troubles began when the company leaders confiscated all the packages from the troops.
On New Year’s Day, the villagers nearby gave the company troops rice cake, tofu bits, one piece of sand fish, and watery pork broth without any trace of meat. On the other hand, the company leaders feasted on liquor and meat, passing out in the morning.
When the company leaders passed out, the troops went to the village and drank liquor themselves and returned to their base at 10:00am. The company commander had awakened by then and beat the troops for missing Kim Jong-un’s New Year message.
One soldier couldn’t take it, so he picked up a chair and pounded the company commander with it. The rest of the troops simultaneously joined in the fray and beat up the other company leaders. A communication officer from the battalion happened to be there at the time, and he called the battalion commander, who in turn dispatched the personnel to handle the incident.
According to the LKP’s source, “I saw that some of the soldiers were ready to go AWOL because they were afraid of the repercussion. Right now the battalion personnel are standing the border guard duty on behalf of the company. If the report gets to Kim Jong-un, the company leaders and the troops won’t be safe. The incident occurred during the time when the border guards should have been on alert, so the leaders from the battalion could be subjected to purge.”
Inside sources anticipate that there would be further repercussions.
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