Pol Pot
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1925- born in the Kompong Thom Province of Cambodia.
Named Soloth Sar
1949- Went to Paris to study radio technology. he neglected his studies and became involved in radical student organizations.
1953- returned to Cambodia.  A year later  Cambodia won full independence from the French.
       -working as a teacher to support himself, he secretly worked in the radical underground to form an opposition to the monarchy of King Sihanouk.
1960- along with other Cambodian Communists he formed the Cambodian Communist Party Group. King Sihanouk later dubbed his group the "Khmer Rouge", or "Red Cambodians".
1967- The Khamer Rouge began its military campaign against the Cambodian government
1977- after the U.S. with drawled their forces from Vietnam the Khmer Rouge attacked and invaded the Cambodian capital of Phom Penh bringing the country under its control.
1975-79 - the Khmer Rouge governed as a ruthless and bloody government. Nearly 2 million Cambodians were killed during the 4 year experiment in peasant communism. Many died from starvation and disease during the Khmer Rouge Government's attempt to collectivize agricultural production. More were killed by direct methods.
1979-  there was a Vietnam invasion. The Vietnamese army deposed Pol Pot's government and established a puppet government in its place. The Khmer Rouge fled to Thailand establishing military bases with the permission of the Thai Government.
1979-96 The Khmer Rouge fought against Cambodian Governments.
1991- Peace agreement signed, but was not heeded.
1996- 4 thousand members left the Khmer Rouge and joined Cambodian Government.
1997- The Fall of Pol Pot. Pol Pot ordered executions of former defense minister and it resulted in a 1000 man force loyal to defense minister turning against Pol Pot. Pol Pot was captured.
1998, April 15th- Pol Pot suffered a heart attack and died before he could be brought to trial.


Pol Pot and his friends from the West

The Death Of Pol Pot

Photo Essay

Continuing Unrest

Pol Potís Millennium (recommended)

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Effects of Pol Pot

Biography junk

Good Bio

Khmer Rouge

Propaganda About Pol Pot

The truth About Pol Pot