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Pol Pot - Mini Biography

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A short biography of Pol Pot, Communist leader of the Khmer Rouge. After the US evacuated its troops from Cambodia in 1975, Pol Pot's rebel group was strong enough to overtake Phnom Penh. He thought cities were evil and planned to rebuild Cambodia as an Agrarian society. Intellectuals, artists, monks, and other civilians were all systematically killed, then buried in mass graves, known as The Killing Fields. Ordinary Cambodians were sentenced to labor camps. He sent Khmer Rouge troops into Vietnam in 1977, which backfired when the Vietnamese invaded Cambodia. He died of a heart attack in 1998 while under house arrest, though many suspect he committed suicide or was poisoned.