This Week In History: Wk 01 (1 January 1979)
Khmer Rouge Is Overthrown In Cambodia
After nearly 4 years in power, the regime led by Pol Pot is brought down.
In 1979, the Communist Khmer Rouge government was overthrown by Vietnamese forces. Pol Pot's regime took power in 1975 after the corrupt Lon Nol government lost US support following the USA's defeat in Vietnam. The Khmer Rouge murdered thousands of Cambodians in their prisons. Hundreds of thousands more died from starvation and disease due to the regime's agricultural collectivization policies.
overthrow (verb): forcibly remove from power (usu. a government)
regime (noun): a government (esp. an autocratic or repressive one)
corrupt (adjective): without morals; not caring for what is right
starvation (noun): severe suffering or death caused by not having enough food to eat
collectivization (noun): a system of joint ownership and operation
Researched and written for EnglishClub by Matt Errey