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Cambodian Genocide: Professionals and intellectuals killed!

The Khmer Rouge period (1975–1979) refers to the rule of Pol Pot Regime. A four-year period that costs approximately 1.7 million Cambodians deaths through the combined result of political executions, starvation, and forced labour. Due to the large numbers, the deaths during the rule of the Khmer Rouge are often considered a GENOCIDE, and commonly known as the Cambodian Holocaust or Cambodian Genocide. The Khmer Rouge period ended with the invasion ofCambodiaby neighbour and former allyVietnamin theCambodian–Vietnamese War, which leftCambodiaunder Vietnamese occupation for a decade.


The Khmer Rouge government arrested, tortured and eventually executed anyone suspected of belonging to several categories of supposed “enemies”:

*   Anyone with connections to the former government or with foreign    governments.

*   Professionals and intellectuals—in practice this included almost everyone with an education, or even people wearing glasses (which, according to the regime, meant that they were literate).[6] Ironically and hypocritically, Pol Pot himself was a university-educated man (albeit a drop-out) with a taste for French literature and was also a fluent French speaker.

*   Many artists, including musicians, writers and film makers were executed.

*   Ethnic Vietnamese, ethnic Chinese, ethnic Thai and other minorities in Eastern Highland, Cambodian Christians (most of whom were Catholic, and the Catholic Church in general),Muslims and the Buddhist monks.

*  “Economic saboteurs:” many of the former urban dwellers (who had not starved to death in the first place) were deemed to be guilty by virtue of their lack of agricultural ability.

 All killed so that nobody can question his authority.


  “Torture Place”

    The “DEATH BED”

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