North Korea Cracking Down on Tinted Windows to Stop "Capitalist Influence"

Drivers in North Korea are being cited for transparency issues when it comes to their vehicles.

The hermit kingdom is tightening up its efforts to fight back what it calls the “yellow wind of capitalism” that is said to be spreading rapidly among the nation’s youth. “Yellow wind” is a North Korean term - dating back to the 1990s - that refers to “anti-socialist influences” in the reclusive country.

Police have been ticketing drivers with tinted windows in the first offense, ordering them to get be replaced. If caught a second time with the offending windows, the vehicles are confiscated.

Authorities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea are concerned about its youth watching movies and TV and listening to music from South Korea, Japan and the U.S. behind opaque glass in the back seats of their vehicles. Two months ago, the country enacted the Rejection of Reactionary Thought and Culture; a set of laws put in place to prevent foreign cultural influences from making their way into the country.

One unnamed resident, who lives near the capital Pyongyang said the DPRK’s ruling party is worried about losing its grip on power. Another anonymous source said, “The residents mock the authorities for the crackdown, saying that they are so nervous about the regime that they have resorted to turning car windows into an enemy of the state.”

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