“나는 공산당이 싫어요”- “I hate you, communists”

The Boy Who Cried Communist and the Black Tent Horror.

There was a boy. He was about a fifth grade who lived an isolated mountain region near DMZ in South Korea. In 1968, 120 special operation commando unit from North Korea infiltrated the border line to terrorize Seoul, the capital of South Korea. December 9th, the group of commando found and intrude into the boy’s house. While other spies were resupplying themselves in the house,  a man started questioning the boy.  The boy was asked: “Do you like North Korea(communist) or South Korea (military government)?” The boy answered, “I hate you, communists!”  His comment angered the spy. Soon his cheek was slashed from mouth to ear his head was stoned before the group of militant killed the boy and his whole family. The boy’s story spread out and he became a hero in a time when patriotic anti-communism was at its pick.  

The slaughtered little boy and his family became a movie. I’m not sure who decided but watching the movie became a requirement for all fifth grades. In 80’s schools didn’t have proper DVR systems, the government organized movie crews to travel schools. I remember the crew brought and set up a big black tent could easily cover 1/4 of a soccer field which could easily host 100 children for the movie play.  I think I was the fifth grade when I was forced to go into the big pitch-black tent with entire fifth grades. The movie was a pure horror. We were all traumatized. We screamed and even many of us vomited. The movie depicted all the detail of how the boy and his family was killed in a timely manner. It took forever to finish cutting the boys face and gallons of blood came out from his mouth. The boy didn’t die at all. The North Korean spy grabbed a watermelon size stone and pounded the boy’s head until the boy stopped murmuring  “I… h.ate.. you…com…munist…”

Recently, South Korean had debates over the story. Many argued that the story could have been fabricated. some argued that the story was complete fiction. However, the big black tent was never a fiction for whoever were dragged into it in their childhood.

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