October 25, 2010 11:32
North Koreans were given the most extra supplies on Oct. 10, the 65th founding day of the Workers Party, since nation founder Kim Il-sung's death in 1994, Radio Free Asia in the U.S. claimed last Friday.
The so-called "holiday supplies" are various daily necessities sold at state prices or about 1/100 of market prices on major holidays such as Kim Il-sung's and current leader Kim Jong-il's birthdays.
On the day, two days' supply of food and daily necessities were supplied at state prices, a senior party official in Daehongdan-gun in Ryanggang Province was quoted by RFA as saying.
Each of about 9,500 homes in the county received two bottles of liquor, 1 kg of potato noodles, 1 kg of potato starch syrup, a bottle of vinegar, a bottle of soybean oil, 1 kg of pork, a cake of soap, a pair of shoes, toothbrushes and toothpaste, the official said.
Another North Korean source said the sudden bounty led to drunken accidents and an inebriated gang fight between youngsters, several of whom were taken to hospital. The source said a tractor carrying potatoes keeled over, killing four people.
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