What was the Khmer Rouge national anthem?

While there was no Khmer Rouge national anthem, nor flag as such, there were many flags and songs associated with the group. This would of course change when the national that was Democratic Kampuchea was formed.

So, what was the National Anthem of the Khmer Rouge and what was the national anthem of Democratic Kampuchea?

National Anthem of Democratic Kampuchea

This was known as “Dap Prampi Mesa Moha Chokchey” and was decreed in 1976, although it was known to be used in free liberated zones of Cambodia much before this.

Following the overthrow of the Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot, and his cohorts it was replaced as the national anthem by the Peoples Republic of Kampuchea.

Alas as Democratic Kampuchea was still the recognized government through the Coalition Government of Democratic Kampuchea.

Despite its overt revolutionary and communist tone it remained the anthem played by most western nations, as well as the United Nations until as late as 1993, while the rebel Khmer Rouge kept it going until 1998.

English Lyrics to the anthem of the Khmer Rouge

Khmer Rouge national anthem

The bright scarlet blood

Flooded over the towns and plains of our

motherland Kampuchea,

The blood of our great workers and farmers

The men and women who fight for our revolution.

Their blood produced a great anger and the courage

To contend with heroism.

On the 17th of April, under the revolutionary banner,

Their blood freed us from the state of slavery!

Hurrah! Hurrah!

For the glorious 17th of April!

That wonderful victory had greater significance

Than the Angkor Period

We are uniting

To construct a Kampuchea with a new and better society,

Democratic, egalitarian and just.

We follow the road to firmly-based independence.

We absolutely guarantee to defend our motherland,

Our fine territory and our magnificent revolution!

Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah for the New Kampuchea

A splendid and democratic land of plenty!

We guarantee to raise aloft and wave the red banner of the revolution.

We shall make our motherland prosperous beyond all others,

Magnificent and wonderful!

Anthem of the Khmer Rouge in Khmer




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