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...While Pol Pot orders deadly "clean-up"

...While Pol Pot orders deadly "clean-up"

The following are selected, edited excerpts from a document taken from the

body of a dead Khmer Rouge cadre in Anglong Veng district last month. As with

probably all KR dispatches, it cannot be authenticated. It was given to the post

by General Khann Sovoern. Translations are unofficial.

ALL categories of the civilian personnel of the two-headed and Vietnamese

communist puppet government must be destroyed and cleaned up for the following

reasons:

  1. Thus far, the vision of our cadres regarding civilian personnel is out of

    focus.

  2. Our cadres live together with these civilian authorities. They eat with

    them, they around with them, they go too far, to the point that our cadres are

    influenced and some others continue to be affected

  3. It results in mixing up our political standing, our administrative affairs

    and also our activity with that of the enemy. It is a bad influence: it stalls

    our guerrilla war, our popular war, our booby traps, our road-cutting efforts.

The enemy civilian authorities pose a tremendous and immediate danger... on a

daily basis. There is confusion and danger for our management, our vision, our

politics, our welfare, our economy. If the destruction and clean-up does not

take place, these enemy civilian personnel will absorb us and then dissolve us

by peaceful means at will.

Whoever, our cadres, most of them, more than

95 per cent, have not yet fully understood the two headed and Vietnamese

communist puppet government. They are still concentrating on only the military

aspect. After a military attack on village or commune is carried out, they stop

and take no further action. This is because our cadres for possess in their

hearts some spirit for reuniting, that is, the rejoining our spirit and that of

the enemy... They still go back and rely solely on the military option. Perhaps

they make some efforts and succeed in rounding up some civilian authorities.

After these authorities promise not to return to their jobs again, they are free

to leave. But these enemies resume their positions again when they get back home

and then come back and hit our heads, cut off our heads again. They come to eat

and drink with our cadres and staff again.

99 (Pol Pot) believes this

matter of the destruction and clean-up is as clear as black and white and

considers it a condition for distinguishing between the cadres of Democratic

Kampuchea (KR) and the cadre of 'them'.

All civilian personnel must be

rounded up and held in a camp with a bamboo and wooden fence or with trees with

thorns with tough security guards....

Ten persons are allowed to have a

daily ration of one tin can of polished rice and two bowls of water.

Slogans should be erected saying: 'If you become simple people, you

live. If you stay as authorities of the Vietnamese and two-headed government,

you will die.' Those people [must] repeat the slogan for three hours in the

morning and two hours in the evening.

Each of them must be interrogated

to obtain his personal biography and other background information.

We

must ask as many people as possible about their personal biographies and

background of activity.

This process is to go on for seven days and seven

nights until their stomachs become thin and they will struggle with thirst. At

this point, they will make up their minds to decide about their lives.

As for the savage ones, it is normal. They are in small numbers. We will

not mess around with these people for too long. We interrogate them for one or

two days. We will get enough documents from them. Then we will deal with them

right away. We do not want any further problem from them.

Important

note: A majority of the cadre have good resolve but have in their hearts a

spirit of alliance. They must educate themselves in carrying out the destruction

and cleaning-up of the enemy's civilian personnel at any price. As for bad

elements, other people, or people with the enemy, there is a small number that

has infiltrated into our staff. Once we strictly implement the guidance, we will

see that it is black and white. Those who implement the guidance are with us and

those who do not are the enemy.

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