North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is using every tool at his disposal to purge political opponents, free thinkers, and those who dare to see him as anything other than a living deity.
“The heartless crackdown – spearheaded by the paranoid Glorious Leader himself – is leading to imprisonment, torture and even execution by firing squad,” reports The Sun. “The news comes as it’s revealed more and more people are now turning to traditional religions like Buddhism and Christianity – rather than follow the so-called Cult of the Kims.”
Human rights groups report that tens of thousands of North Koreans have been detained for refusing to serve in Kim’s glorious army.
Amidst growing tensions with U.S. President Donald Trump, North Koreans are beginning to see their Supreme Leader as infallible, if not entirely insane.
According to an annual report published by the U.S. State Department, the rogue regime is stripping its people of the "right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.” Indeed, many North Koreans are openly defying the regime by embracing faith into their lives, and the government isn't happy about it.
"An estimated 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners, some imprisoned for religious reasons, were believed to be held in the political prison camp system in remote areas under horrific conditions," reads the State Department’s report.
Defectors say that despite the state’s brutal crackdown on the faithful, religion is on the rise.
"Even though people know they could be sent to prison — or worse — they are still choosing to worship, and that means that more cracks are appearing in the regime and the system,” one defector who has chosen to remain anonymous for security purposes told The Telegraph. "In some places, that has led to the emergence of shamens, but the Christian church is also growing and deepening its roots there."