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Profile: Pol Pot (Saloth Sar)


Positions that Pol Pot (Saloth Sar) has held:

  • Leader of the Khmer Rouge




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Pol Pot (Saloth Sar) actively participated in the following events:


1975-1978      US-Cambodia (1955-1993)

       The Khmer Rouge under the leadership of Pol Pot evacuates the capital, sending its urban population into the countryside to work in agriculture. The regime destroys vehicles and machinery because of their Western origins and systematically kills between half a million and two million Cambodians, targeting mostly the wealthy and educated. Pol Pot also abolishes currency and the postal system. [Library of Congress Country Studies, 1987; Columbia Encyclopedia, 2004]
People and organizations involved: Pol Pot (Saloth Sar)

April 17, 1975      US-Cambodia (1955-1993)

       The Khmer Rouge defeats the Cambodian government forces and enters the capital city of Phnom Penh. The new government renames the country the Democratic Kampuchea, and Pol Pot becomes its premier. [Library of Congress Country Studies, 1987; Columbia Encyclopedia, 2004]
People and organizations involved: Pol Pot (Saloth Sar)

December 1978-1979      US-Cambodia (1955-1993)

       Responding to repeated armed incursions by Cambodian forces into its border villages, Soviet-allied Vietnam forms the Kampuchean National United Front for National Salvation (KNUFNS) made up of communist and noncommunist Cambodian exiles. The KNUFNS invades Cambodia in 1979 and seizes the capital city of Phnom Penh, forcing the Khmer Rouge to flee to the jungles along the Thai border. Heng Samrin becomes Cambodia's new President. [Columbia Encyclopedia, 2004; Library of Congress Country Studies, 1987]
People and organizations involved: Heng Samrin, Pol Pot (Saloth Sar)

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