Some items are prohibited from trading in Changmadang. Authorities have crackdowns on rice, especially in the rice trade.
The black market did not allow the sale of new, freshly manufactured products. It was only handled by state-owned stores. The sale of cereals is also banned, especially if they find rice selling. (Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy:Ordinary Lives in North Korea)
Industrial products are also subject to crackdowns, but the fact that they are subject to tacitness indicates that the severity of sin varies depending on the goods.
Every day in cities and large towns, every five days in small towns and once every ten days in the countryside, Changmadang is held.
There were a couple of Changmadang at Hamhung in Hamgyongnam-do.
Of course it is a black market. The sale of industrial products such as shoes is banned, so there is a crackdown on it, but it is almost as if it were tolerated.
Chicken and eggs brought by farmers are OK.
But now it sells TVs and refrigerators. As expected, cars are not sold. (Asahi Newspaper Aera editorial department “exiles from North Korea”)
The crackdown is carried out by the Ministry of Social Security, a North Korean police officer, and a patrol team called Gyuchaldae. According to the following testimony, they are being confiscated for accusing them of trading Chinese goods.
“I’m from Sinuiju, but it’s the border with China, so I can get Chinese products cheaper than inland. I bought children’s clothing, tobacco, and medicine. If you find them in Gyuchaldae or in security, they will snuggle with cigarettes and medicines. ”
“For whatever reason I will be confiscated.”
“ When a person smoked a cigarette from China, a detonator in a cigarette exploded and his fingers flew away, or a Chinese medicine such as a sedative contained a fishing hook. “ I’ve been confiscated with the accusations of something like getting killed by the person who took the medicine. ”
It is true that the party has instructed the use of some products coming from China to be as harmful to the human body as possible and to avoid using them. However, because domestic products are of poor quality and do not meet one-third of domestic demand, people’s daily necessities have to rely on Chinese products from the top of their heads to their toes. (Anchol brothers, “North Korea seen by a secret camera”)
In the summer of 1994, the Social Security Ministry confiscated all goods from about thirty grandmothers in the black market. The grandmothers lay down on the road in front of the Social Security Ministry and protested, “If you want to kill us, kill us.” Some people peeed while dressed on the spot, and eventually the Social Security Ministry returned the goods. (Asahi Newspaper Aera Editorial Department, op.cit.)