Worker-Peasant Red Guards (WPRG) (Korea North)

Country: Korea North
Details of Formation: The leader and founder of North Korea, Kim Il-Sung, established the self-defensive Worker-Peasant Red Guards in 1959.
Details of Termination: PGM still exists by the end of 2014.
Purpose: The main goal of the group was to assist with military tasks related to internal and sometimes external security and to secure the power of the regime.
Organisation: The group was linked to the Ministry of Public Security and commanded by the Korean People’s Army General Staff.
Weapons and Training: The group received military training and was in possession of a range of weapons, including heavy weaponry such as anti-aircraft missiles and artillery, as well as firearms.
Size: --
Reason for Membership: Members mainly consisted of workers and peasants and according to a source included every citizen from the ages of 18 to 55.
Treatment of Civilians: --
Other Information: This group is a self-defense force that was launched by Kim Il-Sung in 1959. The WPRG is closely connected to the military (often attends military parades) and in case of war, it is supposed to defend North Korea.
References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD.