6 Facts About Khmer Rouge

1. In the four years that the Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia, it was responsible for one of the worst mass killings of the 20th Century.

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2. In 1981, the Khmer Rouge went as far as to officially renounce communism and somewhat moved their ideological emphasis to nationalism and anti-Vietnamese rhetoric instead.

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3. At the same time, the Khmer Rouge retreated west and it continued to control certain areas near the Thai border for the next decade.

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4. Many of the new recruits for the Khmer Rouge were apolitical peasants who fought in support of the King, not for communism, of which they had little understanding.

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5. In 1968, the Khmer Rouge was officially formed and its forces launched a national insurgency across Cambodia.

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6. In the early 1970s, the Khmer Rouge looked to the model of Enver Hoxha's Albania, which they assessed as the then most advanced communist state.

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