Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ( S-21 )
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August 6th, 2008 – by: redeye
From 1975 to 1979, an estimated 17,000 people were imprisoned at Tuol Sleng. Most of them were detained for between a few weeks or a few months, routinely tortured, then taken to the Choeung Ek extermination centre where they were killed and buried in mass graves.
The rules by which they had to abide, in common with much else in Khmer Rouge policy, were arbitrary. Punishment was severe. A sign which still remains in the prison today reads:
- 1. You must answer accordingly to my question.
- 2. Don’t try to hide the facts by making pretexts this and that, you are strictly prohibited to contest me.
- 3. Don’t be a fool for you are a chap who dare to thwart the revolution.
- 4. You must immediately answer my questions without wasting time to reflect.
- 5. Don’t tell me either about your immoralities or the essence of the revolution.
- 6. While getting lashes or electrification you must not cry at all.
- 7. Do nothing, sit still and wait for my orders. If there is no order, keep quiet. When I ask you to do something, you must do it right away without protesting.
- 8. Don’t make pretext about Kampuchea Krom in order to hide your secret or traitor.
- 9. If you don’t follow all the above rules, you shall get many many lashes of electric wire.
- 10. If you disobey any point of my regulations you shall get either ten lashes or five shocks of electric discharge.
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