This is part of the revolution. All successful insurgencies force the oppressor to overreact. What that does is reduce the tyrants legitimacy in the eyes of the masses. It's a small cut, but over time small cuts can lead to infection. When the serfs/slaves see this overreaction they are more affable in voting for a liberty minded candidate.
"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."
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