Oppression

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Oppression

The offense, committed by a public official, of wrongfully inflicting injury, such as bodily harm or imprisonment, upon another individual under color of office.

Oppression, which is a misdemeanor, is committed through any act of cruelty, severity, unlawful exaction, or excessive use of authority.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Having known this, the new oppressors understood that they didn't stand a chance unless they mentally subdued the people, and they did.
The next stage leads us to a conceptualisation of the oppressors. In this connection, 'Abul Haul Ke Betay' [Sons of a Pharaoh] is a poetic verdict that those who forcibly take over are simply the pharaohs of the age.
If we accept that involvement in the subjugation or exploitation of others is a question of degree rather than a black-or-white determination, to what extent should anti-oppression movements conceive of their oppressors as a single "enemy"?
Istanbul [Turkey], Dec 24 ( ANI ): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan labelled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the "voice of oppressors" in continuation of the war of words between leaders of the two nations.
'To the Nigerian citizens in particular, they should know that government is killing us to insert fear in the masses so that whenever the masses are oppressed, they should not come and challenge the oppressors.
"My birthday wish is to have more fortitude to keep defying and resisting my oppressors," she said in a statement released by her office.
In his Eidul Fitr address, last year, he had urged the Muslim world to express their disdain against oppressors.
He stressed the labourers to unite like the labourers of Chicago who sacrificed their lives against the oppressors for getting their due rights.
Your alleged 'masterpiece' is nothing but disgusting evidence of just how low writers can sink if they give up their independence and their principles and joyfully join the oppressors. Your article is a compilation of lies and cheap hateful propaganda.
That announcement said that throughout history, hooligans and oppressors have tried to rule the persecuted and the oppressed either forcibly or through deception and by plundering the right of the weak, they have tried to add strength to their power, wealth and prosperity, adding that the present age is the age of modern arrogance, which demands oppressed nations to be under the yoke of the oppressors in various forms.
The deaths of innocent Egyptians along with the oppressors challenge our understanding of God, of who we are and the values we espouse.
"These oppressors keep the voice of the victims suppressed and those who ask them to be quiet are equally guilty."