The first film shot in the Kampuchean capital of Phnom Penh after the take-over by the new government shows a deserted city.
The first film shot in the Kampuchean capital of Phnom Penh after the take-over by the new government shows a deserted city. According to officials, only some twenty-thousand people are left in a city which once was a thriving metropolis of two million. The new Kampuchean rulers claim their own Kampuchean Salvation Front liberated the city two weeks ago (7 January). Their aim, they say, is to build a "peaceful, democratic, neutral, non-allied Kampuchea, which will choose the way to socialism".
SYNOPSIS: During the recent fighting between Kampuchean and Vietnamese forces, a number of military aircraft sat idle at Phnom Penh's Potsheton airport. The new leaders claim that these planes are Chinese-made.
The Kampuchean Salvation Front says its forces found the airport buildings found the airport building virtually unharmed by the fighting. A number of other important buildings suffered almost no damage, including the headquarters of Radio Phnom Penh, which broadcast the news of the take-over.
The country's new leaders claim that, after Radio Phnom Penh's "victory" broadcast, people fleeing from the Pol Pot administration, or being banished to the country, began to come back to their towns and villages.
Phnom Penh was once a busy city of two million inhabitants, but now, barely ten percent of these people still live there. Refugees fleeing to Thailand report that the Khmer Rouge are trying to coerce them into taking up arms against the Kampuchean revolutionaries. They say that the Vietnamese troops who moved into the country to help install the revolutionaries as the Government in Phnom Penh, are treating the people with consider-action. This kindness, they say, is in marked contrast to what they call the cruelty of the ousted Khmer Rouge regime, which is now trying to rally resistance.
The soldiers of the People's Liberation Army, stationed in the capital, are detached to protect many of the buildings against feared attacks by troops still loyal to the Pol Pot government. Such forces are reported to be waging isolated guerrillas attacks throughout Kampuchea.