"North Korea has shut down its universities for the next 10 months
and sent students to work in factories, agriculture and the construction sector...
..."One reason is that there is a possibility of demonstrations at university campuses"...
"The leadership has seen the 'Jasmine Revolution' in Africa
and it is very frightened that the same thing could happen in North Korea"...
"They fear it could start in the universities."
...North Korea has purchased anti-riot equipment from China in recent months,
including tear gas and batons,
while there has been an increased police presence
at key points in Pyongyang in recent months."