28 March 2013

Cambodia: This Day in History

28th March, 1970

Pro-Sihanouk riots broke out in Kompong Cham

Ten days after the coup and just a week after Sihanouk announced his unholy alliance with the Khmer Rouge to fight the new government, Lon Nol found out just how much support the prince still had in the Cambodian countryside.

Reacting to unrest in Kompong Cham, Lon Nol's brother Lon Nil went to the scene. Here he and another government official were met by an irate crowd.

After butchering the two men, rioters tore the liver from Lon Nil and demanded that the owner of a local restaurant cook it and serve it to those assembled.

Government troops later arrived at the scene and killed several hundred locals while restoring order.

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