"I am eight," says one boy. "My father died and my mother left me. I sleep outdoors."Many of the children are orphans; their parents victims of starvation or the gulag.But markets do exist - private markets that stock bags of rice, pork, and corn. The state no longer has any rations to hand out.But the state wants its share of this embryonic capitalism.In the footage, a party official is demanding a stallholder make a donation of rice to the army."My business is not good," complains the stallholder."Shut up," replies the official. "Don't offer excuses."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Hana Electronics Opens “The Restaurant at Hana”Pyongyang/London, July 8th 2011
Phoenix Commercial Ventures Ltd (www.pcvltd.com) is proud to announce that Hana Electronics JVC (a 50/50 joint venture based in the DPRK) completed and moved into its new headquarters based near the T’ongil Market in Pyongyang in Q1 2011.Having moved in and set up its production facilities, Hana has now opened a restaurant (“The Restaurant at Hana”) and related leisure facilities (swimming pool, sauna, hairdresser, bar, gym etc) in its headquarters.The restaurant (which comprises a main dining room and several private ones) and leisure facilities are open to locals and foreigners alike. Food for the restaurant is sourced from local markets.