North Korea marks 6th anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death
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North Korea marks 6th anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death

Kim Jong Il — current leader Kim Jong Un’s father — died on December 17, 2011.

world Updated: Dec 17, 2017 18:01 IST
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North Korean servicepersons and civilians visit the statues of former leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang on December 17, 2017.(Reuters)

Crowds of flower-bearing North Koreans today streamed passed statues and portraits of their leaders to pay respects on the sixth anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il.

With sombre, recorded music playing in the sub-zero air, thousands upon thousands of people marched up Pyongyang’s Mansu Hill to bow and place flowers at the feet of two giant bronze statues of Kim Jong Il and national founder Kim Il Sung, who is North Korea’s “eternal president” and Kim Jong Un’s grandfather.

Kim Jong Il died on December 17, 2011.

Although the sense of national mourning is less intense than in previous years, North Koreans are expected to avoid drinking, entertainment and inappropriate displays of enjoyment on the day before and the day of the anniversary.

At midnight, senior ruling party officials visited a mausoleum on the outskirts of the city where the elder Kims lie in state, according to state-run media reports.

First Published: Dec 17, 2017 15:47 IST