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This page is about the doublespeak term pacify

Meaning: to violently suppress protesters or rioters

For example:

  • The police used guns, batons and tear gas to pacify the protesters.

  • Hundreds of Palestinians have been killed while being "pacified" by Israeli soldiers.

"Pacify" and "pacification" are used to describe the violent suppression of protests or riots on the streets, in prisons, youth detention centres, immigration camps, occupied territories, etc.

Quick Quiz:

While being pacified, many rioting prisoners

a. were released

b. were injured

c. were peaceful

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Contributor: Matt Errey