Burmese junta repeating Khmer Rouge’s Mistakes
October 17, 2007, 9:36 am
Filed under: International Issues

Opinion: The Nation, Thailand

Burmese junta repeating early acts of Khmer Rouge

By Moeun Chhean Nariddh



he world may be a bit relieved to see that the situation in Burma has calmed down following a violent crackdown on recent pro-democracy protests. But, it may be just the beginning of the worst nightmare ever to engulf this authoritarian country.

As various democracy-loving nations have started to bombard the Burmese regime with condemnations and economic sanctions, the Burmese authoritarian leaders may choose a more horrifying option by following the mistakes of the Khmer Rouge regime.

In many ways, the Burmese regime is already turning Burma into a country like Cambodia under Democratic Kampuchea.

First, like the Khmer Rouge movement that renamed Cambodia “Kampuchea” the Burmese military junta changed the country’s name from Burma to “Myanmar.”

Second, the Burmese rulers may ignore the world’s calls for its return to the democratic path and, as happened in Cambodia with the Khmer Rouge, Burma would then become an isolated nation with China as the main military and economic ally.

Third, as in the case of the Khmer Rouge, the Burmese military junta has become overwhelmingly paranoid about its people and has killed and imprisoned hundreds of people suspected as its dissidents.

Fourth, the Burmese military regime has imposed heavy restrictions on both civil and political rights and freedoms, as the Khmer Rouge had done.

It’s been too long for the Burmese people to live in fear under the Burmese generals who have already ruled Burma illegally for 45 years.

It’s now time for the world to help liberate the Burmese people from military dictatorship before Burma completely becomes like Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge.


15 October 2007, Page 9A


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When Khmer Rouge killed innocent people in Cambodia, the world didn’t know about it because there was no connection to outside world. Right now, the world is aware that situation in Burma is going badly for the innocent people who just want to live in peace. This time U.N. cannot say that they don’t know about it. Don’t let Burmese people face the horrible nightmare like Cambodian people during the Khmer Rouge, please.

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