Huge crowds mourn Kim Jong Il
Tens of thousands of mourners packed Pyongyang’s main square yesterday to pay respects to former leader Kim Jong Il. Women held handkerchiefs to their faces as they wept and filed past a huge portrait of a smiling Kim hanging on the Grand People’s Study House, in the spot where late president Kim Il Sung’s photograph usually hangs. A huge crowd converged on Kim Il Sung Square with traditional white mourning flowers in hand. It grew throughout the day, even as heavy snow fell, and some took off their jackets to shield mourning wreaths set up in Kim’s honour, just below the spot where he stood last year waving to crowds at the military parade.