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All People Should Be Armed

Date: 15/01/2023 | Source: Uriminzokkiri (En) | Read original version at source

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In January Juche 48 (1959), President Kim Il Sung visited an agricultural cooperative (at that time) in Phyongwon County, South Phyongan Province.

After exchanging greetings with members of the cooperative at its democratic publicity hall, he learned in detail about the year-end account settlement and income distribution of last year and the farming preparations for that year. And he asked an official of the cooperative whether a self-defence corps had been organized for it.

When the official answered yes, the President asked him how many Party members were there among the corps, whether the corps could gather in case of emergency, and how he gathered them.

Then, he said as follows: Elite persons should be selected to organize a red self-defence corps and arm all its members. As the enemy are allegedly shipping some weapons into their land, we should organize a red self-defence corps.

Deep in thought for a while, he asked an official whether all members of the cooperative had practised the live firing.

Then he said in the following vein: Now the enemies are attempting to frighten someone, but it is a foolish daydream. In order to cope with it, we should arm all people and intensify the military and political training in a unified way, so as to resolutely frustrate the enemy’s moves with the concerted efforts of people.

Later, he saw to it that the paramilitary force to be newly organized was named the Worker-Peasant Red Guards in the meaning that it is an armed organization involving the entire people, including workers, farmers and working intellectuals.

As a result, the Worker-Peasant Red Guards, a voluntary paramilitary organization of socialist workers, was founded in the DPRK on January 14, Juche 48 (1959).

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