Anorak | North Korea: Did Kim Jong-Un Eat His Uncle? The 120 Dogs Continue To Starve

North Korea: Did Kim Jong-Un Eat His Uncle? The 120 Dogs Continue To Starve

by | 4th, January 2014


IN June 2013, about 100 protesters from a South Korean right-wing civic group staged an anti-North Korea demonstration, slashing a North Korean flag and burning an effigy of leader Kim Jong-Un.

Nasty stuff.

Before that, On May 8 2012, locals in Pyongyang attacked an effigy of South Korea’s president Lee Myung-bak (no, it’s not Prince Charles). They used dogs and a tank.


In this game of effigy oneupmanship, rumours abound that North Korea is good to its word. Rumours abound that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed his uncle by tossing him naked into a pen of 120 hungry dogs. The number is precise. You might suppose that a country with an underfed population might nick the odd dog or three or feed the fresh human dog meat to its beloved leader, who looks like he could eat five men and still have room for their pets.

So. Did Jang Song Thaek die as the effigy foretold?

The story was broken by Wen Wei Po , a Hong Kong-based new organ at a time when public trust in Hong Kong newspapers is at all all-time low. Wen Wei Po’s current top story is that Michelle and Barack Obama have separated. Of 21 news organs, it ranks 19th for trustfulness. This paper says that Thaek and five other wonks were  “completely eaten up” in the “quan jue,” or execution by dogs.

USA Today announces it as fact:

Kim Jong Un fed uncle alive to 120 starved dogs

The Express thundered:

Eaten alive by 120 starving dogs – How North Korea leader executed his uncle

In his excitement, Owen Bennett mistakes the starving dogs for staved prisoners:

The six condemned men had been starved for three days before being set on by the dogs in a process known as ‘quan jue’, or execution by dogs.

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