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Political Violence

A violent act intended to make a statement or achieve some end. Political violence encompasses terrorism (which is carried out by a non-government group), war (which usually is carried out by a government) and other forms of civil strife. Political violence may render it difficult to conduct business in the area in which it occurs. See also: Political risk.
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Political terrorism is not a contemporary phenomenon, at least if we take 'terrorism' to mean the practice of inducing political change or consolidating political power through the use of violence.
Jongman, Political Terrorism, Piscataway: Transaction Publishers, 1988, p.
(1984) Political Terrorism: A Research Guide to Concepts, Theories, Data Bases, and Literature, New Brunswick: Transaction Books.
Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake called the attack an "act of political terrorism" and blamed forces loyal to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is attempting a comeback at next month's general election.
" We believe the blast in Lal Chowk and murders in other places are political terrorism and we condemn it.
The report bases its rankings on the performance of countries with respect to "the level of crimes, suicide rates, the number of police forces, the number of detainees in the prisons, the prevalence of individual weapons, organized crime networks, political terrorism, the number of deaths as a result of internal conflicts, the level of political stability, military expenditure, relations with neighboring countries, and other relevant indicators."
The foreign minister said that, "Abbas complements Hamas in his political terrorism and storytelling against Israel.
LAHORE -- While demanding support from public for himself, JI chief Sirajul Haq has announced to wage a war against the ruling capitalists and feudal lords as they were victimizing masses with economic and political terrorism.
I am also worried that the political terrorism of today, which is more serious than the religious terrorism of the Al-Sabeen Square, (see our report about last year's tragic attack on Page 4) is getting more and more aggressive.
The NCA opposition members published Thursday, a statement, on the fringes of the plenary session in which they reiterate their attachment to "the need for the political and judiciary authorities to take all the required legal and security measures to face the phenomenon of violence and political terrorism, having led to the assassination of Chokri Belaid."
He added that the security forces should not be subject to political terrorism and the necessity to respect the dignity of the citizen".
The attacks at Norway's government headquarters and a youth summer camp would then not be considered acts of political terrorism, but the work of a blood-thirsty madman.