People's Vigilante Brigades (Angola)

Country: Angola
Details of Formation: In 1983 Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, President of Angola, signed a decree approving the statutes of the People’s Vigilante Brigades as well as the creation of a national Department of the People’s Vigilante Brigades under the Ministry of Provincial Coordination.
Details of Termination: In 1986, many members of the People’s Vigilante Brigades deserted to join UNITA rebels, but others stayed loyal. The PGM is last mentioned in 1989.
Purpose: Upon foundation, the purpose was stated to be the defence of the country and public property against rebels and criminals. Other purposes were to gather intelligence.
Organisation: The PGM is organised under the national Department of the People’s Vigilante Brigades under the Ministry of Provincial Coordination. The group’s functioning was assumed, ensured and defined by this ministry and by provincial, municipal, communal and district commissioners.
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Reason for Membership: Officially, the group consisted of Angolan citizens who are willing to contribute voluntarily to the PGM’s purpose.
Treatment of Civilians: Members of this PGM posed as UNITA rebels and raped women and stole property in that disguise.
Other Information: The group is also known as popular vigilante brigades or by the acronym BPV (brigadas populares de vigilancia).
References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD.