“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

Comrade Duch.

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The PA reports:

“The long-awaited Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal wrapped up its opening session with judges saying they still need to finalise the list of witnesses before announcing when the regime’s alleged chief torturer will take the stand.

Kaing Guek Eav – better known as Duch – is charged with crimes against humanity for his role as former head of the S-21 prison and torture centre. He is the first of five defendants who ruled Cambodia in the 1970s and turned it into a vast slave labour camp in which at least 1.7 million people perished.

Judge Silvia Cartwright, a former New Zealand High Court judge, told the court that the tribunal’s five judges met in private to pare down the lists of proposed witnesses to “consider whether the testimony would be redundant or repetitious”.

Vann Nath, who survived by painting and sculpting portraits of Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, described Duch as a “very cruel man”.

Duch, 66, is accused of committing or abetting a range of crimes including murder, torture and rape at S-21 prison – formerly a school – where up to 16,000 men, women and children were held and tortured before being put to death.”

Denise Affonço’s account has been written up as To The End Of Hell and she on BBC’s Assignment.

Written by modernityblog

19/02/2009 at 05:21

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  1. Trotsky was correct that rural movements should follow the leadership of urban workers, but not lead themselves. Today there is the FARC, the Zapatistas, Shining Path all have a hatred of urbanites.

    Renegade Eye

    19/02/2009 at 06:23

  2. The cadre that made up Ankga hierachy were university educated and came from mostly urban and privileged backgrounds. Similarly with FARC, the Shinning path and the Zapatistas, leaderships made up of academics and technocrats. Whilst the EZLN has remained pretty much non or ‘low’ violent, All these movements suffer from that most insidious and corrupting of theories, ‘vanguardism’.


    19/02/2009 at 10:34

  3. “Trotsky was correct that rural movements should follow the leadership of urban workers, but not lead themselves.”

    Indeed. The yokels should defer to Paris-trained sophisticates.


    19/02/2009 at 13:41

  4. Renegade Eye, you wrote:

    “Trotsky was correct that rural movements should follow the leadership of urban workers, “

    Was Trotsky correct on most things, in your view?

    that being the case, could you list his political successes?

    and was the suppression of Kronstadt uprising one if his achievements??


    19/02/2009 at 16:05

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