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Mourning the Dear Leader

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While many celebrated the passing of Kim Jong Il on Saturday, the official North Korean state news agency, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), released pictures of North Koreans sobbing over the demise of the despot. Across Pyongyang, mourners -- from school children to the elderly -- were shown participating in the thousands-strong sobfest. "How could the heavens be so cruel? Please come back, general. We cannot believe you're gone," one mourner shouted, according to the Sydney Morning Herald

Above, Kim lies in state in Pyongyang. 

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Women in a crowd cry for the departed dictator. 

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Two elderly men beat the ground with grief. 

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Military officers sob over the strongman. 

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School children also bemoaned the autocrat's end.

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More children cover their faces while mourning.

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Older students, too, wiper away tears. 

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Hundreds of mourners line up  to pay respects to the leader of the Hermit Kingdom.

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