Sabotage


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Sabotage

The willful destruction or impairment of, or defective production of, war material or national defense material, or harm to war premises or war utilities. During a labor dispute, the willful and malicious destruction of an employer's property or interference with his normal operations.

The objective of sabotage is to halt all production, rather than to destroy or imperil human life. The original act of sabotage is thought to have occurred not long after the introduction of machinery when someone slipped a workman's wooden shoe, called a sabot, into a loom in order to stop production. Sabotage is a crime.

See: damage, disable, disloyalty, impair, pillage, spoil, subversion
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The fact that a maintenance staffer was killed made it appear less likely that explosion and resulting fire was the result of sabotage.
Zarean also showed parts and equipment, including modems and pumps, which he said had been deliberately tampered with to sabotage Iran's nuclear program.
Calls for incitement of violence, sabotage and civil disobedience are attempts to hamper the dialogue," they said in a statement.
In the year 2013, the Iraq-Turkey oil pipeline has experienced more than 50 acts of sabotage.
The report indicated that the sabotage covered large areas in Khartoum State, stating that the sabotage included 42 fuel stations, nine pharmacies, more than 40 public vehicles, two companies, 81 police points, 35 police vehicles, five banks and 23 government establishments.
In a statement to Bahrain News Agency (BNA), he slammed the exploitation and incitement of school students to perpetrate acts of violence and sabotage.
It was an act of attempted sabotage of a global company that produces more than 9 million barrels of oil a day and supplies the markets of Saudi Arabia and the world.
Mardin Governor Turhan Ayvaz said that sabotage was staged against the Kirkuk-Yumurtalik Oil Pipeline in Midyat.
It was not possible to know immediately if the sabotage had caused an interruption of the gas supplied to Belhaf terminal.
However, Aquino says envy is only the fuel for sabotage.
Rik and the rest of his fellow passengers are crew learned of the sabotage, which was potentially life-threatening, only by chance during a routine trial run.
The spies were waiting for a deterioration of the situation in Bahrain to launch their sabotage operations in Kuwait," the sources said.