Upon seizing power in 1975, the Khmer Rouge and their leader Pol Pot began a murderous regime that lasted until 1979. The Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK), also known as the Khmer Rouge (Red Khmer) ruled Cambodia from April 17, 1975, until January 1979.
What is the meaning of Khmer Rouge?
n. A Cambodian Communist movement that was active as a guerrilla force from 1970 to the late 1990s and held power under the leadership of Pol Pot from 1975 to 1979. [French, Red Khmer : khmer, Khmer + rouge, red.]
Who beat the Khmer Rouge?
On December 25, 1978, Vietnam launched a full-scale invasion of Cambodia and on January 7, 1979, Phnom Penh fell and Pol Pot was deposed. A puppet government made up of Khmer Rouge defectors was then installed. Pol Pot fled to Thailand leading the remnants of his Khmer Rouge army.