Holy crap at the similarities!
>Very much monitored
>You maintain boundaries in your mind
>The higher up you go the less freedom you have
>If you are openly dissatisfied you will become a target
>Don't raise questions or face persecution. Keep your mouth shut.
>Defecting is dangerous
>Defecting is individually a "long story" and usually thought about for a long time. Including how to get my family out as well. Lots of thought before the actual defection.
>When you leave you are a criminal and there is no communication with relatives still in
>Somebody should do something to effect change
>Afraid of the regime AND afraid of each other