Khmer Rogue Sites to be Preserved for Tourists
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Cambodia has decided that no matter how hideous Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge was, it's an important part of the nation's history – and that at least some of it should be preserved.

Fourteen Khmer Rouge sites at Anlong Veng are being preserved as a tourist attraction the Cambodian government announced recently. The sites are the last bastion of Khmer Rouge forces in the Cambodian civil war. Pol Pot's took power in Phnom Penh in 1975 about the time that the Vietnam War ended. He ruled Cambodia (and called the country Kampuchea) until the Vietnamese invaded in late 1978.

Pol Pot's implemented a radical program that involved isolating the country from foreign influence. He closed schools, shut hospitals, tore down factories, outlawed religion, confiscating all private property, and did away with money. He relocated urban populations to rural collective farms and forced them to farm. The results were one to three million deaths through executions, disease, and starvation.

Pol Pot is buried in Anlong Veng.