North Korea Lite by Theodore Dalrymple – City Journal

And this about using the army to fill seats.  Deceitful?

The army was engaged not only to provide security after a private company failed to perform as promised, but also to fill empty seats in the stadium and thus prevent the humiliation of showing too many empty spaces. Seats were initially allocated in true corporatist fashion, much of the public being excluded (including relatives of participants) in favor of companies and organizations. When these failed to take up their allocations, it was too late.

via North Korea Lite by Theodore Dalrymple – City Journal.

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