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OCHLOCRACY. A government where the authority is in the hands of the multitude; the abuse of a democracy. Vaumene, Dict. du Language Politique.

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It was published to ascertain the causes of mob justice and provide recommendations to specialist government officials to put a stop to extrajudicial violence.
"This is mob justice, not real justice," said Camille Cosby, who has been married to the disgraced megastar for more than half a century.
The judicial system is the reason that mob justice is widely prevalent in the country but not as a source of justification but rather becomes the reason the people are fearless.
But even then it provides no justification whatsoever to the people to take the law in their own hands and perpetrate mob justice on the offenders.
She said she had called Haleem Adil to rush there and he saved the accused from the mob justice and took him to the police station.
This accessible history looks at the social breakdown and violent chaos in Petrograd that followed in the first year after the Russian Revolution of February 1917-- the first eight months from March to October under the Provisional Government, and the five months under the Bolshevik regime between the October Revolution and the relocation of the state government from Petrograd to Moscow--and analyzes the effects of violent crime and mob justice on citizens.
The horrific lynching of a Ghanaian army captain, mistaken for a robber by a an irate mob, has brought into sharp focus the increasing incidents of 'mob justice', often meted out on the flimsiest of excuses.
Even mere accusations are enough to spark mass uproar and mob justice.
The history of killing in the name of blasphemy is punctured with the very fact that there is mob justice rather than the justice by the law enforcement agencies of the state including the judgment or verdicts by the courts.
ISLAMABAD PRIME MINISTER Nawaz Sharif on Saturday afternoon issued a strongly-worded condemnation of the lynching of a university student in Mardan over allegations of blasphemy."I am shocked and saddened by the senseless display of mob justice that resulted in the murder of a young student, Mashal Khan, at Wali Khan University, Mardan,"the premier said."The state will never tolerate those who take the law in their own hands,"he warned.
In the CCTV footage, it appeared to be a ' mob justice' like situation with shopkeepers pinning them down on the floor.