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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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According to President Akufo-Addo: 'We have a particular problem in Ghana, which is that, every time a prosecution is mounted against a high ranking official, you hear the cry 'witch-hunting'.
'We want to say that we will remain a government of inclusion; the newly elected president believes in true democracy, so for people to try to say that people are witch-hunting them, it is not a song for the CDC to dance to, and we are not prepared for any.'
The persecutions are notoriously difficult to explain, given the significant chronological and geographical variations in their intensity, as well as the impossibility of identifying a single cause for the rise (or fall) of witch-hunting. In his much-used textbook on The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe, Levack took one approach to providing a synthesis of the persecutions: while acknowledging geographical and chronological variations, each chapter of the text focuses on some factor that was either a precondition or an inducement to witch-hunting (such as the rise of the cumulative concept, religious conflict, judicial change, and so on).
Witch-hunting is a common social malaise in Assam but the government has yet to formulate stringent laws to fight the crime.
THE ENEMY WITHIN: 2,000 Years of Witch-Hunting in the Western World.
Monter also provides systematic coverage of each duke's judicial activities, including witch-hunting, and this provides a parallel narrative to the political history and explains the book's title.
Witch-hunting did not disappear from the repertoire of the bourgeoisie with the abolition of slavery.
Fudge, "Traditions and Trajectories in the Historiography of European Witch-hunting," History Compass, 4/3 (2006): 488-527.
Witch-Hunting in Scotland, Law, Politics and Religion, by Brian P.
Their black hats and broomsticks, or horns and pitchforks, owe most to Hollywood and Hammer Horror, though with any horrific elements modulated by irony and cuteness--but they derive from the Gothic imagination, and further back to the late medieval nightmares of the Last Judgement and the real horrors of the witch-hunting mania of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
This new edition includes material from recent literature and from Levack's study of witch-hunting in contemporary Africa.
An Abundance Of Witches: The Great Scottish Witch-Hunt is a detailed history of witch-hunting and persecution in Scotland from approximately 1658-1662, an era generally thought to be the high point of a turbulent history of violence and hatred for accused witches.