forces have stepped up surveillance, a source told told the Daily NK
on the 23rd. In particular, security forces have been
focusing on the movement of citizens. Rather than increasing
dramatically the amount of people detained in prison, the situation
is leading to bribery.
source from Hyesan told the Daily NK that, "There’re
checkpoints on the borders between every region now, and they’re
closely checking documents [ID and transit permit] one by one.
They’ve also really stepped up the number of body searches."
source told the Daily NK that the stepping up of surveillance comes
from last year's meetings of security forces and judicial personnel
in Pyongyang. Those who attended the meetings were ordered to clamp
down on illicit activities.
source said that the surveillance was having a slightly different
impact than intended. The source said that the members of the
security will use any chance created by the illegal activities of
citizens to grab as many bribes as possible. This is also true of
more serious crimes.
stepping up of surveillance follows earlier reports of the security
forces bringing forward the annual winter increase of security forces
along the border due to inclement weather.