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witch-hunt

a rigorous campaign to round up or expose dissenters on the pretext of safeguarding the welfare of the public
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It is not a onesided political circus like the ongoing Senate witchhunt being conducted by Senator Trillanes."
For me, it seems the biggest thing to come from the Jimmy Savile case was not a celebrity "witchhunt" as some suggest, but the fact there's now a widespread belief that people in power can and have abused others.
The swift developments have been criticized by representatives of former ruling GERB party as constituting a political witchhunt and as boding ill for law enforcement in Bulgaria.
Mostly accumulation, so those blaming 2 Aussies think before starting witchhunt," Collymore wrote.
Mr Hemming said social workers were scared of making a mistake because of the "witchhunt" which followed the death of 17-month-old Peter Connelly, known as Baby P.
Citizens do not need someone from the outside to tell them that the reforms are moving backwards, that the Macedonian democracy is jeopardized, that there is no freedom of speech, that the media and journalists are under constant pressure, that the judiciary and administration are brutally partisized, that corruption is spread in the government, that a witchhunt of all nonfollowers of the government has started," Georgiev writes.
Lamees Dhaif is quoted on a blog as saying her family had been the victim of something "like a witchhunt in the 16th Century" for columns she wrote in support of protesters.
Alan Christie, Hampshire Fallon witchhunt Great jockey that he undoubtedly is, I have never been a Fallon fan.
"We don't want a witchhunt, we just want answers." Cheryl's sister Julie Flanagan, 46, added: "Nobody's been held accountable.
The Shi'ite-led government's heated reaction and calls for a campaign against Baathists could lead to a dangerously explosive witchhunt that might reopen sectarian wounds between once dominant Sunnis and the Shi'ite majority just as violence fades.
Will motorists who run over straying rabbits, foxes and sheep be subject to a witchhunt by the RSPCA and be arrested for driving without due care and attention?
Murrow, who stood out against the communist witchhunt in 1950s America, brought the curtain down on the 49th London Film Festival.