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Cambodian Genocide Museum Would Appreciate It If You Took Your Pokemon Go Game Elsewhere

pokemon goThe Cambodian Genocide Museum has banned the playing of Pokemon Go on its grounds.

The AP reported Wednesday that the museum, formerly the site of a torture center in the 1970s, banned the game less than a week after its launch in Cambodia.

“Tuol Sleng genocide museum is not a shopping mall or a playground to catch Pokémon,” said Youk Chhang, the head of Cambodia’s documentation centre, which has collected more than 1m documents related to Khmer Rouge terror. “Pokémon is a game. It must be banned and deleted immediately.”

The museum commemorates the estimated 1.7 million Cambodians who died under the Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 and 1979.

This is not the first time the augmented reality mobile gaming sensation has run afoul of genocide remembrance. In July the Washington D.C. Holocaust museum had to ask visitors to stop chasing cartoon monsters in its halls. Shortly thereafter the Auschwitz Memorial Center in Poland, at the site of the Nazi concentration camp, made a similar request.

Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.

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