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We raise the Cambodian flag at City Hall through the month of April, in commemoration of Cambodian Genocide Remembrance Day, April 17. This day remembers the genocide of over two million Cambodians from 1975 to 1979 during the Khmer Rouge Regime. We remember those lives lost and celebrate the resilience of the Cambodian community. Today, the Long Beach / Signal Hill area has the largest and oldest Cambodian community in the nation.
From PBS.org: On April 17, 1975, the Khmer Rouge seized Phnom Penh and immediately began to drive the city's 2 million residents into the countryside. The Khmer Rouge turned the country into an enormous forced labor camp. Money, property, books and religion were outlawed. Cambodia's economy, already severely damaged, ground to a halt. In less than four years, between 1.7 million and 2.5 million people died, out of a population of 8 million. Many succumbed to starvation or exhaustion. Tens of thousands were outright killed. Not until April 1978 did U.S. President Jimmy Carter declare the Khmer Rouge "the worst violator of human rights in the world." A border dispute between the regime and communist Vietnam flared into full-scale war, and in January 1979, Vietnamese forces invaded Phnom Penh and began to set up a new government, beginning the end of Khmer Rouge leadership. Learn more about Cambodian history from PBS.
Learn more about other commemorative flags and the City’s Commemorative Flag Policy here.