A poem and instructions written on the wall of Tuol Sleng internment centre,  Phnom Penh.

 

No chatting

No laughing

No discussion

No answering back

No opinions

 

No theatre

No music

No poems

No literature

No religion

 

No priests

No doctors

No lawyers.

No study

No glasses

 

No football

No games

No playing

No running

No schools

 

No parents

No children

No brothers

No sisters

No house

 

No friendship

No flirting

No sex

No love.

No life

 

 Instructions.

  1. You must answer according to my questions.  Don’t turn them away.
  2. Don’t try to hide the facts by making pretexts about this and that.  You are strictly prohibited to contradict me, contest me.
  3. Don’t be a fool, for you are a chap who dare to thwart the revolution.
  4. You must immediately answer my questions without wasting time to reflect.
  5. Don’t tell me either about your immoralities or the essence of the revolution.
  6. While getting lashes of electrification you must not cry at all.
  7. Do nothing.  Sit still and wait for my orders.  If there is no order, keep quiet.  When I ask you to do something you must do it right away without protesting.
  8. Don’t make pretext about Kampuchea in order to hide your secret treachery.
  9. If you don’t follow all the above rules you will get many lashes of electric wire.
  10. If you disobey any point of my regulations you shall get either ten lashes or five shocks of electric discharge.

     

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