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Documentation for Peoples' Militia

April 10, 1981
BBC Summary of World Broadcasts

The units of the People's Militia have become a permanent component of the defence formations. The Party will make sure that in future, too, they fulfil their duties well

Feb. 26, 1983
BBC Summary of World Broadcasts

It was formed in February 1948 as the armed section of the work- ing class and of the CPCZ, its vanguard, as an important instrument of direct participation by the working people in protecting revolutionary achievements. ...People's Militia units and staffs are continuing to improve the quality of their ideo- logical, cadre and organizational standards, and that their co-operation and co-ordination with the People's Army and the Public Security Corps are being strengthened. The results achieved by the People's Militia in fulfilling the tasks of the 16th CPCZ Congress are a new testament to its political awareness, responsibility and great selflessness. We believe that, in the spirit of the heritage of its 35-year revolutionary combat course, the People's Militia - that firm link in our state's defence system and a loyal helper of the Communist Party - will fulfil its purpose in the construction and defence of socialism with the utmost responsibility.

May 14, 1985
BBC Summary of World Broadcasts

A festive session of the CPSL Central Committee, the Central Committee of the N… Commander of the Eastern Military District; representatives of the People's Militias and long-term meritorious members of the Communist Party. Also present was Yuriy Kandalov, USSR Consul- General in Bratislava, and the heads of other consulates of the social

May 2, 1986
BBC Summary of World Broadcasts

The people's militias, too, have fulfilled their tasks in preparing for the defence of socialist achievements and in developing their work and political activity. Under the leadership of party organisations, they were consolidated in terms of cadres and their all-round preparedness was enhanced.

Nov. 7, 1987
BBC Summary of World Broadcasts

In the great hall of the Bratislava Palace of the Revolutionary Trade Union Movement, honorary places were taken by the highest Party and state representatives of the Slovak SR, Comrades Jozef Lenart, Peter Colotka, Miloslav Hruskovic, Ignac Janak, Viliam Salgovic and other Party representatives, Deputy Chairmen of the Slovak National Council of Government, representatives of political parties and social organisations, representatives of the Czechoslovak People's Army, People's Militia,

Feb. 24, 1988
BBC Summary of World Broadcasts

o mark the 40th anniversary of the Victorious February and the birth of the People's Militia, the CPCZ Central Committee Presidium received members of the People's Militia in Prague Castle today [22nd February]. The meeting was attended by Milos Jakes, General Secretary of the CPCZ Central
Comrades Milos Jakes and Gustav Husak afterwards presented high state distinctions Orders of Victorious February, Orders of the Red Star and Orders of Labour to representatives of individual units and members of the People's Militia in recognition of their responsible and selfless activity in building and protecting socialism.

Oct. 29, 1989
The New York Times

Tonight, most of the city center was secured by troops of the People's Militia, recruited from Communist cells in the factories. Czechoslovak observers said they believe the Government had enough policemen to deal with such demonstrations but used the militia symbolically to underscore their readiness to defend Communism with arm

Nov. 23, 1989
The Guardian

There were warnings from the capital's Communist Party leader, Mr Miroslav Stepan, that 'armed units' of the People's Militia, the party's paramilitary force, were standing by.

Dec. 2, 1989
The New York Times

Mr. Mohorita said that among other changes, the Politburo had decided to cede control over the ''people's militia,'' an armed force that had been under the direct control of the party, to the state

Dec. 7, 1989
The Times (London)

Mr Havel also met for the first time with Mr Karel Urbanek, the party leader. The dissident, long cast as public enemy number one by the Communists, met Mr Urbanek for more than an hour in a turn-of-the-century community house.
Afterwards Mr Urbanek said that a foreseeable future role of the party's armed factory worker force, the 120,000-member People's Militia, would be as a disarmed group put under government control a measure recently adopted in Hungary over its counterpart

Dec. 22, 1989
The Guardian (London)

Czechoslovakia's Communist Party, in its latest round of musical chairs, has appointed Mr Ladislav Adamec, the man who so angrily relinquished the prime ministership two weeks ago, as its new leader.

As a signal of its goodwill - reluctantly agreed to by some members, but a signal nevertheless - the party acceded to popular pressure to disband its own private army, the People's Militia. The decision takes immediate effect and will remove for army workers the threat of reprisal form aggrieved party officials.

Dec. 22, 1989
The New York Times

The move came one day after the party ousted its leader of one month, a little-known functionary named Karel Urbanek, and replaced him with the former Prime Minister, Ladislav Adamec, one of the more conciliatory Communist leaders.
The party also said it was disbanding the People's Militia, units of armed workers that played a crucial role in the Communist seizure of power in 1948

Dec. 22, 1989
The Washington Post

The Czechoslovak Communist Party ended its emergency congress and a chapter of i
At the end of two days of often fractious proceedings, the congress's 1,550 delegates agreed to disband immediately the party's 100,000-man private army, the People's Militia.