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Pol Pot & the Khmer Rouge. What leads to the rise of Pol Pot & the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia?. The Killing Fields of Cambodia. 1970s: Civil War in Cambodia: Lon Nol Govt. vs. Communist rebels Lon Nol government is an ally of the US Communist rebels are the Khmer Rouge

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Pol pot the khmer rouge

Pol Pot & the Khmer Rouge

What leads to the rise of Pol Pot & the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia?


The killing fields of cambodia
The Killing Fields of Cambodia

  • 1970s: Civil War in Cambodia: Lon Nol Govt. vs. Communist rebels

  • Lon Nol government is an ally of the US

  • Communist rebels are the Khmer Rouge

  • The Khmer Rouge is led by Pol Pot (Saloth Sar)

  • 1975: after US leaves SE Asia, Khmer Rouge win the civil war vs. Lon Nol – westerners leave Cambodia

  • After Khmer Rouge troops enter Phnom Penh, Pol Pot orders all people out of the cities & into the countryside

  • Cambodians go to reeducation camps to learn the ways of Angka (KR’s form of communism)

  • April 17th, 1975 starts Year Zero of new Republic of Kampuchea

  • 1975-79: 2+ million Cambodians are exterminated by the Khmer Rouge

  • Vietnam invades Cambodia in 1979, don’t agree w/ KR’s style of communism


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