BY Daniel Harkins | March 20 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print

Video of bizarre North Korean anti-Christian propaganda appears online

Footage shows a caricature of a Catholic priest

A video has emerged online which allegedly shows anti-Christian propaganda broadcast on North Korean state TV.

The video, posted on the website Reddit, contains more than one hour of often bizarre news reports, musical performances and dance acts.

One nine minute section features a ballet in which a sinister caricature of a priest with a large oversized crucifix around his neck terrorises a mother and her child.

Reddit user ‘braunheiser’ said on the website that he recorded the footage from a ‘hacked feed’ he found online.

North Korea is one of the worst countries in the world for Christian persecution. Charity Open Doors estimates that at least 25 per cent of Christians in the dictatorship are interned in Labour camps.

According to Pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need, the Vatican has declared the three North Korean dioceses – Pyongyang, Hamhung and Chunchon – to be vacant sees, under the administration of South Korean diocesan bishops appointed by Rome.

The last Bishop of Pyongyang, Francis Hong Yong-ho, was disappeared by the government in 1949, with his death acknowledged by the Vatican in 2013.

Prisoners in labour camps are subject to torture, murder, rape, medical experimentation, forced labour, forced abortion and execution, the charity says.

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