Forest Brigands

Forest Brigands

 

a pejorative term used by the gentry in reference to participants of the peasant revolt of 1542–43 in Småland (southeastern Sweden).

The rebels (their leader was the peasant Nils Dacke) demanded abolition of prohibitions on border trade with Danish regions, tax reductions, and restoration of Catholic worship. The armies of King Gustavus I Vasa suppressed the revolt with difficulty in early 1543.

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India, May 6 -- There is no irony in the fact that a country widely perceived as home to large-scale fake encounters, custodial deaths and casteist security forces should have no formal "Hostage doctrine" or protocol to help it through incidents when innocent civilians, hapless cops, District Collectors or members of State Assemblies get abducted by Maoists, terrorists or forest brigands. Most western countries have a doctrine to deal with such situations.
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