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Cambodians Remember Killing Fields on 'Day of Rage'

Thousands of survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide paid respects on Thursday to Pol Pot’s estimated 1.7 million victims and called for a swift trial of the ailing leaders of the 1970s regime. At Choeung Ek, a “Killing Fields” cemetery of mass graves on the outskirts of the capital, Phnom Penh, Buddhist monks, students and government officials offered flowers, food and incense to the dead on what has become a symbolic “Day of Rage.” An estimated 1.7 million died under the Khmer Rouge, an ultra-Maoist guerrilla organization who ruled the jungle-clad southeast Asian nation from 1975 to 1979. Many victims were tortured and executed. The rest died of starvation, disease or overwork. Full Story

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