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Watch an eerie video of North Korea's cheer squad clap and dance in perfect unison during the Winter Olympics

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  • The 2018 Winter Olympics are taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
  • North Korea sent a cheer squad with over 200 women, all chosen for their ideology and appearance.
  • They perform choreographed dances and cheers in perfect unison.
  • The result is eerie.
  • They have an obvious value as propaganda for North Korea.
  • North Korea is a totalitarian regime that has reportedly sent the cheerleaders to prison camps in the past for revealing what life is like in South Korea.

The Winter Olympics have been filled with moments for fans around the world to be proud of, from medals to history-making events. But no one in Pyeongchang, South Korea, has been cheering louder — or more in-sync — than the North Korea cheer squad.

Made up of 229 North Korean women who are in their 20s and chosen for their "appearance" and "ideology," according to The Korea Times, spectators have been watching as the cheerleaders sing, dance, clap, and yell in unison. Arguably sent by North Korea for their obvious propagandic value, the women are hard to miss within the stadium as they move in mass synchronization, a feat not unheard of in their totalitarian state

Videos of these routines from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's so-called "Army of Beauties" are making their way onto Twitter from spectators who had a front-row seat to the cheerleaders at the Pyeongchang Stadium, such as Thomas Schuurman, an employee at BNR Newsradio in the Netherlands.

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The women wore matching red sweatsuits and white hats while cheering on the Korean Women's Ice Hockey team, which lost spectacularly to Switzerland 8-0. The hockey team was comprised of athletes from both North and South Korea who came together for the first time in Olympic history.

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Some of the chants include "Go for it," "Nice to meet you," "Victory," and a Korean folk song called "Spring Season of my hometown," according to the Washington Post which translated some of the cheers.

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This is not the first international sporting event the cheerleaders have participated in. Previously, they attended the 2002 Asian Games, 2003 Summer Universiade, 2005 Asian Athletics Championships, and the Incheon Asian Games in 2014, all held in South Korea, according to The Korea Times.

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Though the cheering itself may seem lighthearted, the reality of life in North Korea's regime for these women is reportedly harsh. The US Department of State said in a 2007 report that 21 North Korean cheerleaders were sent to a prison camp for discussing life in South Korea when they returned to North Korea.  

It's also worth pointing out that the propaganda-ready cheerleaders are a distraction to the universally derided behavior of the North Korea regime, and the negative relationship between South Korea and North Korea. The last time South Korea hosted the Olympic Games back in 1988, for example, the sporting event was marred when a North Korean spy blew up an airplane and killed the 115 people on board in an attempt to block the Seoul Olympic Games.

The massive cheer squad at this year's 2018 games with over 200 women is also in sharp contrast to the mere 22 athletes who are competing this year from North Korea in figure skating, hockey, skiing, and speed skating.

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