1989: 96 football supporters were killed in Britain's worst-ever sporting disaster at Hillsborough 1998: The former Cambodian dictator, Pol Pot
, whose regime led to the deaths of millions of his people, died.
To that end, Pol Pot
immediately murdered the educated and those who wore glasses or had a high forehead (signs of intellect).
He was also a brother-in-law of Pol Pot
, his wife being a younger sister of Pol Pot
2 leader behind the late Pol Pot
, and 80-year-old Khieu Samphan, a former head of state.
Non Nou had been assigned to guard the 73-year-old Pol Pot
after he lost power in a bloody internal struggle last year and was placed under loose house arrest by the victorious faction.
Some 36 years ago at the close of the genocide, a life sentence may have meant more to the-then 40 and 50-year-old inner circle of Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot
This is the biggest tragedy in more than 31 years after the Pol Pot
regime," he said, referring to the Khmer Rouge, whose agrarian revolution from 1975-1979 killed an estimated 1.
Led by Pol Pot
, the so-called Khmer Rouge "Brother Number One", the movement wiped out nearly a quarter of Cambodia's population through starvation, overwork and execution in the notorious "killing fields".
My 4 Years is inspired by the tragic history of the Cambodian genocide, led by Pol Pot
between 1975 and 1979.
Within hours of occupying the sleepy capital, nestled on the banks of the Mekong and dripping in French colonial grandeur, Pol Pot
started 'Year Zero', one of the most violent social experiments in human history.
The barbarities of Pol Pot
and Stalin do not invalidate the principles of socialism any more than the atrocities of the Inquisition, the Crusades and the countless other crimes committed in the name ofChristianity invalidate the Sermon on the Mount.
Ieng Sary has denied having anything to do with the mass killings but spent much of the 1980s defending Pol Pot
at the UN while remnants of his black-shirted guerilla army continued to fight from the jungle.