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North Korea (still) loves Occupy Wall Street

Propaganda outlet cheers on protests against "greed and exploitation by the capitalist class"
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Il visits the Pyongyang Mechanical Pencil Factory in Pyongyang, North Korea. This undated photo was released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on May 8, 2011. (KCNA/AFP/Getty Images)

"The Occupy Wall St movement was an eruption of the exploited classes' pent-up wrath at the exploiters."

So says North Korea's propaganda service, which offers a daily round up of world events.

The Occupy Movement has attracted a smorgasbord of curious proponents around the world such as the Vatican and Iran.

But as we noted here at Rice Bowl in a Sept. 27 post, North Korea got in early and hasn't looked back.

Just how is the movement depicted in North Korea?

"Ruling quarters in the U.S. are crying in distress that the 'class struggle has been launched,'" the state-run mouthpiece proclaimed on Oct. 18.

Last week, a propaganda missive took police to task for brutally suppressing "demonstrators opposing the greed and oppression by capital."

This week we learn that "these global demos struck fear into the governments of capitalist countries which boasted of their development."

And just to emphasize the horrific conditions in capitalist America, North Koreans are told here that "Gangsters are rampaging through the streets in the U.S., committing all sorts of crimes."

North Korea's propaganda writers aren't showing much interest in the more reasonable demands swirling around the Occupy Movement, such as finance reform. 

But the whiff of "anti-capitalism" -- a sentiment ascribed to the protests by many major outlets -- has Stalinist North Korea giddily depicting the sort of class warfare long hoped to implode its capitalist foes.

Keep in mind that North Koreans, isolated from unfiltered contact with the outside world, have been told for years that capitalism has rival South Korea plagued with bleak conditions.

The Kim regime probably wouldn't want its citizens to see this image of the Korean peninsula at night.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/north-korea-still-loves-occupy-wall-street