The government of the DPRK began to crack down on private beauty salons and hairdressers, because they allegedly promote individualism and anti-socialist behavior, and are also accused of other “violations”.
The repression of local businesses in North Korea began in August. In the last month of summer, police shut down private barbershops and beauty salons en masse, forcing people to turn to state-owned establishments, according to journalists from North Hamgyong.
Reported by Daily NK.
The authoritarian government is concerned that the younger generation often uses the services of private salons, which allow them to choose the hairstyle that the client wants, and not demanded by the authorities. It is alleged that due to such “broad” freedom, the population of the DPRK succumbs to the propaganda of individualism and begins to behave anti-socialistly.
“Along with repression, the authorities are forcing private hairdressers and hairdressers to work for service providers run by the state,” say the locals.
In addition, hairdressers are accused of tax evasion. The fact is that in North Korea, private salons do not pay any taxes and can keep all the money they earn. Given this permission – exclusive to the DPRK – many people, amid the severe economic crisis known as the “Hard March”, began to do business on their own.
However , this alignment of events did not suit the government of the country. Now, if citizens continue their “extremist” activities, they face fines of 100,000 North Korean won and even criminal prosecution.