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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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