Workers' Militia (Hungary)

Country: Hungary
Details of Formation: The PGM was established in 1956 after the Hungarian Uprising.
Details of Termination: The Socialist Party’s proposal to integrate the militia into the national guard was turned down by parliament who voted to disband them altogether in 1989. In a referendum (58% turnout) people voted overwhelmingly (94-95%) to abolish the Workers’ Militia.
Purpose: The Workers’ Militia was the private army of the Communist Party used for its protection. Another main task was to control the civilian population.
Organisation: The PGM was under the control of the Interior Ministry.
Weapons and Training: --
Size: --
Reason for Membership: --
Treatment of Civilians: The group was used to control civilians after the 1956 uprising.
Other Information: Imre Pozsgay stands on election promise that party's paramilitary workers' militia would be reduced from 60,000 to 40,000 members next year, its weapons placed under Defense Ministry control and its armed exercises discontinued. Also known as people's militia
References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD.