Anti Aceh-Separatist Front (Indonesia)

Country: Indonesia
Details of Formation: The group was apparently founded in early 2004 but there are no details about its creation and who exactly set up the PGM.
Details of Termination: After the devastating tsunami at the end of 2004, the Free Aceh Movement temporarily stopped fighting. In the months afterwards the Indonesian government and rebels of the Free Aceh Movement started a new round of negotiations. With the signing of a peace deal on August 15, 2005, Aceh received far reaching autonomy and the decade long fighting came to an end. This date is used to code the termination of the group. There is no evidence that the Anti Aceh-Separatist Front is active after this date.
Purpose: The group was set up to fight pro-independence rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). It was intended as an auxiliary to the military and police.
Organisation: The government did not officially acknowledge this group as a militia but allowed it to carry weapons. News sources also state that the PGM was backed by the army and cooperated with the military and police as an auxiliary force.
Weapons and Training: While it is not clear whether the government provided weapons, members are reported to have carried sharpened bamboo sticks and machetes.
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Treatment of Civilians: --
Other Information: Members wore red and white headbands and had a significant youth membership.
References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD.