Mass games and parades

Kim hyon-hui, the perpetrator of the Korean air bombing, recalls the practice of mass games in which North Korean students are mobilized.

When mobilized to the card section, ninety minutes while the event is in progress, I can not even look aside and sit down guarding my seat and I can not tolerate a slight mistake according to the instruction of my supervisor. If you put out a card of a different color or the operation is delayed, it will be difficult, so spend 90 minutes in a super nervous state. When making a work with Kim Il Sung’s face, I am nervous to my supervisor. If Kim Il Sung’s face is bad or even a black dot on his face, not everyone who participated in it would be free. That is why many students who participate in the card section often urinate at the table. Worse, some children suffered from cystitis. (Kim hyon-hui, As a Woman)

The parade is famous for North Korea, but there are three types of parades.

There are three types of parades. The first and greatest is the parade for a great lord. The second is less sublime than the first, and welcomes senior party executives. This is the third parade for military generals. Those in front row at the first parade, waving bouquets and cheering, are selected from a family of party leaders who are especially loyal to the great lords. Ordinary people will only be in the front row at the third parade. (Kang Hyuk, Children of North Korea)

Parade practice seems to be as harsh as mass games.

Between 77 and 82 years in Pyongyang, a large number of African socialist nations, Daitorou, came and came to the table as a welcoming crowd. In Hamhung, it was set on July 27, 1993, on the Victory Day, but it was just like torture. From 1 pm to 4 pm, you should not move any steps and you cannot go to the bathroom. The women were all around, hiding and adding business.
When Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-Il come, they will squeeze their powers, shake flags and make a smile. They could not return immediately after the event, and a reflection meeting was held and mutual criticism was made. (Asahi Newspaper Aera editorial department, “Exiles from North Korea”)