Cambodian genocide under Pol Pot

In 1975 the ultra-communist Khmer Rouge, led by Saloth Sar, better known as Pol Pot, took over power in Cambodia, proclaiming the Republic of Democratic Kampuchea. In asserting its power, the Khmer Rouge regime evacuated the country's elites from the cities, forced millions of people to work on collective farms and cut of the country from the world.
Political opponents were killed, while there was also brutal prosecution of Buddhist monks and ethnic minorities. Approximately two million people perished in the genocidal ‘killing fields' of Cambodia up to 1979. Many were brutally tortured and executed, others died of starvation or exhaustion.
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