"Pol Pot", born "Saloth Sar" (), was a Cambodian socialism/socialist revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge from 1963 until 1997. From 1963 to 1981, he served as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea. As such, he became the leader of Cambodia on 17 April 1975, when his forces captured Phnom Penh. From 1976 to 1979, he also served as the Prime Minister of Cambodia/prime minister of Democratic Kampuchea.

He presided over a totalitarian dictatorship that imposed a radical form of agrarian socialism on the country. His government forced urban dwellers to move to the countryside to work in collective farms and forced labour projects. The combined effects of executions, forced labour, malnutrition and poor medical care caused the deaths of approximately 25 percent of the Cambodian population. In all, an estimated 1 to 3 million people (out of a population of slightly over 8 million) died due to the policies of his four-year premiership.

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It's up to history to judge.

The only good bourgeois is a dead bourgeois.

I want you to know that everything I did, I did for my country.

I'm quite modest. I don't want to tell people I'm a leader.

Since he is of no use anymore, there is no gain if he lives and no loss if he dies.

It's natural to pay respects at.

When I die, my only wish is that Cambodia remain Cambodia and belong to the West. It is over for communism, and I want to stress that.