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02/06/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Cambodia: 30th Anniversary Of Victory Day Sparks Dark Memories

Exactly 30 years ago, a coalition of Cambodian and Vietnamese troops forced Pol Pot and his followers from power - after a four-year reign which left as many as two million people dead.

But Victory Day is not universally celebrated in Cambodia.

Even in 1979 it was a strange kind of victory. There was no hero's welcome for the conquering troops. But nor was there a nervous population, fearful about the intentions of the incoming army. Because Phnom Penh was almost completely deserted.

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