Cambodian Genocide

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Cambodian Genocide

“To spare you is no profit, to destroy you is no loss.”


The Cambodian genocide began in 1975, where the Khmer Rouge, a communist party, attempts to create a "peasant farming" society. They wanted to create a "new: socity of rural work, anything or anyone that opposed them would be killed. Within 3 short years, around 2 million people were killed. Those who were suspected being associated with the former government, who were chinese, thai, or un able to work were usually arrested and killed. Not only that but they would die of starvation, disease and exhaustion. This genocide lated until 1978 when the Khmer Rouge was overthrown. However, it was not only until 1991 when a peace agreement was documented. Now, in Cambodia corrruption still occurs within the politics. Though, leaders and members of the Khmer Rouge have been arrested and executed in the past years for their injustices of this horrible genocide.

- Khmer Rouge vs. citizens- "base people" (rural areas) vs. "new people" (urban areas, "enemies)- Khmer Rouge targeted: Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai. People who are unable to work, and the elderly, ill, handicapped and children - those able to endure strenuous labours survived

1. Classification

- Blue and white checkered scarves were worn by the Eastern part of Cambodia, these people would be killed- People who wore glasses were killed, since it symbolized that they could read

2. Symbolization

- "Killing them is not murder, but rather like the slaughter of a lowly animal. " - Khmer Rouge leader- “We weren’t quite people. We were lower forms of life, because we were enemies. Killing us was like swatting flies, a way to get rid of undesirables.”-Propaganda was used. The Khmer Rouge announced that the US was going to bomb Cambodia (since the Vietnam war was occuring) so everyone must evacuate-"Tung Padewat" a monthly magazine which influenced to recreate Cambodia's society

3. Dehumanization


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