North Korea loves #occupywallstreet

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il waves his hand from a car after meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Buryatia outside Ulan-Ude on Aug. 24, 2011.
Credit: Dmitry Astakhov

The irate ranks of "Occupy Wall Street" protesters have attracted a dubious fan: Kim Jong-Il.

In North Korea, protesting against the ruling Kim dynasty -- or protesting period -- ensures a one-way ticket to one of the totalitarian state's many prison camps.

But North Korea's propaganda service, devoted to deifying the Kim clan, is practically cheering on the anti-Wall Street protests.

The state's news bureau first described the demonstrations on Sept. 21:

"The protestors bitterly accused the authorities of squandering a fabulous amount of public funds to relieve big banks in disregard of the people's life."

A Sept. 25 missive exalts the protesters for defending the American "commoners":

"A large number of protesters, mostly young people, shouted slogans slashing the authorities' erroneous policy of benefiting only big businesses despite hard living conditions of commoners, pushing economy to serious depression."

The "Occupy Wall Street" movement's Web site describes drum-beating activists crying out, "We are daring to imagine a new socio-political and economic alternative that offers greater possibility of equality."

I suppose unity under the exalted guiding hand of Kim Jong-Il is not what they have in mind.

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