Korea del Norte vuelve a prohibir que las mujeres utilicen la bicicleta, por ir en contra de la moral socialista.
El año pasado las mujeres gozaban del derecho oficial de circular en bicicleta, pero el 10 de enero la prohibición entró de nuevo en vigor. Si una mujer utiliza una bicicleta en la vía pública no solo tendrá que pagar una multa como antes, sino que también se le confiscará la bici. Los medios norcoreanos recuerdan que la imagen de una mujer sobre este vehículo de dos ruedas va en contra de la moral socialista.
Sin embargo, la bicicleta juega un papel muy importante en la vida de los norcoreanos ya que no tienen ni coche ni moto ni otros medios para desplazarse. Por esta razón, las mujeres solían usar la bicicleta como medio de transporte para transportar a sus niños o ir de compras al mercado.
Women on Bicycles Banned Again
By Kim Kwang Jin
It is said that the riding of bicycles by women has been prohibited once again, only months after a previous ban on the activity was rescinded.
A source from Hoiryeong in North Hamkyung Province told Daily NK today, “The use of bicycles by women was officially allowed last year, but was prohibited again on the 10th. There have been local People’s Safety officers patrolling since the day after that.”
The source added, “They’ve not only stopped women using bicycles, but also banned them from riding on the backs of bicycles and placed a weight limit on the luggage that can be placed on them.”
The source continued, “Before the ban was lifted last year, if a woman was caught riding a bicycle she was fined just a bit of money, no more than 5,000 won. But now they are confiscating the bicycle instead, and this has been causing a bit of upset.”
As the source also noted, if the ban is widespread and lasts any length of time, it will have a deleterious effect on the functioning of North Korea’s markets. Bicycles have been a critical factor in helping to spread commerce as a means of survival over the last ten to fifteen years, with women at the forefront of the trend.
“Bicycles are essential in North Korea,” the source explained. “They have no cars, motorcycles or other means of transportation. Bicycles are very useful; women can not only go to and from the markets on them, they can also give their children lifts and carry as much as 50 or 60kg.”
“Women used to ride early in the morning to avoid getting caught,” the source recalled. “During the squid fishing season, women from fishing towns even use bicycles to carry the catch to inland regions.”
It is said that Kim Jong Il initially banned the use of bicycles in the 1990s after the daughter of a high-ranking official was killed in a traffic incident in Pyongyang. The North Korean state media subsequently justified it by saying that the image of a woman riding a bicycle runs contrary to socialist morals.