February 08, 2023
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Why North Koreans aren’t protesting against COVID lockdowns like the Chinese are

DPRK gives no space for disobedience, and even thinking the wrong thing may land entire families in concentration camps

In recent months, the rulers of China and Iran, two countries that for decades have served as an embodiment of authoritarian rule, have found themselves facing problems at home. The subjects of both regimes had had enough and flooded the streets in shows of defiance. 

Even if the regimes prevail this time, the challenge from below is strong, and will likely continue to simmer.