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Essay On Pol Pot

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“Your life becomes so much better when you remove all the negative people from it” was the mentality of cambodian dictator, Pol Pot.The cambodian genocide killed more than a quarter of the country due to execution, mass killings, starvation, and torture.The cambodian genocide was one of the worst genocides in the 20th century due to the rise to power, number of fatalities and how they managed to hide it from the rest of the world. Who is Pol Pot? The Notorious Pol pot was born in educated in france but was a strong admirer of chinese communism. In 1962, Pol pot had become the leader of the cambodian communist party, yet had fled to the jungle to build the khmer rouge. The Khmer Rouge start small at first but the 13 years Pol pot was in…show more content…
18 hour days with two rest periods. Most foreigners were expelled, embassies closed, and any foreign economic or medical assistance was refused. Foreign languages was banned. Newspapers and television stations were shut down, radios and bicycles were taken, and mail and telephone usage was prohibited. Money was forbidden. All businesses were shut down, religion was banned, education halted, health care eliminated, and parental authority revoked. Thus Cambodia was sealed off from the outside world. Immediately after they gain power the began placing the population into labor camps “where physical abuse, disease, exhaustion, and starvation were extremely prevalent”. The most common cause of death was starvation and stepping on landmines placed by soldiers to prevent inmates from escaping. Children were not exempt from these actions, in fact they helped the rouge achieve more, “Child soldiers were a huge tool of the Khmer Rouge, as they were easy to control and would follow orders without hesitation, to the point where many were forced to shoot their own parents.” international purges were hosted to “eliminate remnants of the ‘old society’”. During this time U.S. planes dropped more than three times the amount of bombs than Japan in world war II. Death was not only a problem from 1962-1965 yet there was an estimated 650,000 deaths in the year following due to disease.the mentality of Pol Pot is “Better to kill an innocent by mistake then to
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