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m Wednesday, May 23, 1973

THE SUMMER DAILY

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CAMBODIAN CONFLICT
Insurgent groups
By DENNIS NEELD The next year, a more serious military andl
Associated Press Writer armed rebellion broke out in largely respon
PlHNOM PENH, Cambodia - the mountainous frontier a r e a ing the insure
Three separate groups that don't near North -Vietnam. About 60,- tive guerrilla
always get along with each other 000 tribesmen abandoned their ACCORDING
make up the 50,000-member is- villages to escape a resettlement ports, there I
surgent force fighting to oust program and the Khmer Rouge ber of shootou
the regime of President Lon got more recruits. Rouge Comm
Nol of Cambodia. DISAFFECTED teachers a n d ents loyal to
They go under the blanket students, outlawed politicians and Sihanouk no
name Khmer Rouge - R e d impoverished peasants also drift- ment in exile
Cambodians - but they aren't ed away. These, then, were the
all Communists. original Khmer Rouge, probably
SINCE Lon Nol ousted Prince no more than 3,000 armed men. } I pD
Norodom Sihanouk in March of Lon Nol's coup-of March 1970, LESTERs
1970 their ranks have grown which overthrew. Sihanouk, and
and now they control about 8S subsequent operations in Cam-
per cent of Cambodia. bodia by U.S. and South Viet-
U.S. officials say these rebels namese troops, put the Red Kh-
mers in the big league.
Several military commanders
remained loyai to Sihanouk and
formed the nucleus of the Khmer
Rum Doh - Khmer Liberation.
They were joined by Cambodian
Vietnamese escaping new repres-
sive measures unleashed against
them by the Lon Nol regime.
Few of them were Communists.
ADD TO THIS a couple thous-
and Chams, a Moslem minority
of smugglers, traders and fisher-
men who seek an autonomous re-
public. Again, few of them are
Communists. All these are' the
Khmer Rum Doh.
DEPOSED C A M B O D I A N Soon after the Lon Nol coup,
PRINCE Norodom Sihanouk:- To North Vietnam returned to Cam-
some insurgents a revered lead- bodia 2,000 highly trained Cam- MtCR9
er; to others, a distrusted enemy. bodians taken to Hanoi in their
teens when the Viet Minh pulled
are doing all the front-line fight- out at the end of the war against
ing now against the government, the French in 1954.
with the exception of those North These are the Khmer V i e t-
Vietnamese and Viet Cong who minh. They form the hard core of
man artillery pieces and do theCO R
over-all planning.m-"«..
The three main insurgent groups
are the original Khmer Rouge,
the Khmer Doh and the Khmer Thursd
Vietminh. Aud. 3 ML
THE ORIGINAL Khmer Rouges
launched their rebellion against New
Sihanouk in the early 1960s. They:

vie
political instructors
sible for transform-
gents into an effec-
force.
G TO inteligence re-
have been a num-
uts between Khmer
unists and insurg-
Prince Sihanouk.
aw heads a govern-
based in Peking.
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were led by French-educated
Marxists, many of them teachers,
agitating against what they felt
was mismanagement of the econ-
omy and a feudal dictatorship.
A 1967 peasants' revolt in Bat-
tambang Province, prompted by
harsh landlords and the corrup-
tion of local officials, was follow-
ed by savage repression. Hun-
dreds fled to the mountains
where Cambodian Communists
were ready with weapons hidden
since the war against the French
in the 1950s.

PRESIDENT LON NOL'Scoup
fragmented Cambodian society
and was a boom to the insurgent
Khmer Rouge.

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