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June 23, 2010 | By My-Thuan Tran, Los Angeles Times
Yasith Chhun never made a secret about his plans to overthrow Cambodia's government. The Long Beach man boasted to reporters about his role in a rebel attack in Phnom Penh in 2000 that resulted in the death of at least three people. In interviews, Chhun denounced the government as tyrannical and said his group, Cambodian Freedom Fighters, would try again. Chhun and his supporters drew up plans for another attempted coup from his office, where he worked as a tax accountant.
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June 23, 2010 | By My-Thuan Tran, Los Angeles Times
Yasith Chhun never made a secret about his plans to overthrow Cambodia's government. The Long Beach man boasted to reporters about his role in a rebel attack in Phnom Penh in 2000 that resulted in the death of at least three people. In interviews, Chhun denounced the government as tyrannical and said his group, Cambodian Freedom Fighters, would try again. Chhun and his supporters drew up plans for another attempted coup from his office, where he worked as a tax accountant.
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June 3, 2005 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
Yasith Chhun often boasted to newspapers and magazines about masterminding an attack on government buildings in Cambodia and his plans to overthrow the Southeast Asian country's communist regime. The U.S. State Department declared the group he headed, the Cambodian Freedom Fighters, a terrorist organization in 2001. But that label didn't stop Chhun, 48, from gaining friends among GOP stalwarts, such as Rep.
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June 3, 2005 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
Yasith Chhun often boasted to newspapers and magazines about masterminding an attack on government buildings in Cambodia and his plans to overthrow the Southeast Asian country's communist regime. The U.S. State Department declared the group he headed, the Cambodian Freedom Fighters, a terrorist organization in 2001. But that label didn't stop Chhun, 48, from gaining friends among GOP stalwarts, such as Rep.
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April 3, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A native of Cambodia unleashed an attack to overthrow the government of that country, but the plot failed when only 200 supporters showed up to fight in the capital city of Phnom Phen, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday. In his opening trial statement, Assistant U.S. Atty. Lamar Baker said defendant Yasith Chhun -- a Long Beach accountant -- was willing to risk other people's lives as part of the effort in 2000 dubbed "Operation Volcano." Baker portrayed Chhun, 52, as callous, cowardly and incompetent and promised he would take jurors inside the conspiracy with testimony from officers who led the attack and are now serving prison terms in Cambodia for their involvement.
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April 17, 2008 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
A Long Beach man who prosecutors say orchestrated an attack on the Cambodian government resulting in the deaths of three people and the wounding of several others was convicted Wednesday by a federal jury in Los Angeles of conspiring to kill in a foreign country. Yasith Chhun, president of the Long Beach-based Cambodian Freedom Fighters, was also convicted of three more conspiracy counts stemming from the Nov.
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June 7, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
When federal agents took an elderly Hmong man who relies on heart medication and a cane into custody this week, Vang Pao became the latest anti-Communist leader in Southern California's suburbs to be accused of trying to rekindle a long-ago war.
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June 2, 2005 | Jia-Rui Chong and David Pierson, Times Staff Writers
A prominent activist in Southern California's Cambodian community has been indicted on charges that he masterminded a 2000 attack on several Cambodian government buildings. Yasith Chhun, 48, of Long Beach heads the Cambodian Freedom Fighters, a group based in Long Beach that is on the U.S. State Department's list of terrorist organizations.
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June 9, 2005 | Jia-Rui Chong and David Pierson, Times Staff Writers
Yasith Chhun was hailed in the national media as the "strip mall revolutionary" whose scrappy band of immigrants conspired against Cambodia's Communist government and raised money for their cause from his tax preparation business in Long Beach. But a week after he was charged with masterminding attacks on government buildings in Phnom Penh, documents filed in federal court present a decidedly different view of the 48-year-old man.
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June 24, 2001 | ERIC PAPE, Eric Pape last wrote for the magazine on exiles living in Southern California
Thavy Srey knew her life meant little to the soldiers arguing over her. A 17-year-old bone-thin orphan, alone in Cambodia's parched and desperate northwest after the Khmer Rouge regime collapsed in 1979, Srey was a mere piece of property to the motley bands of men with AK-47s slung over their shoulders. As the men's voices rose, her dreams of escaping evaporated. She had survived five years of U.S. bombings and then nearly four years under the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime.
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