Thugs hired by dictators and other unpopular governments to oppose civilian activists demonstrating against the goverment. Techniques include rape, murder, and kidnapping.
The government loyalists in Egypt fired on the unarmed demonstrators protesting the US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak.
CIA backed thug armies hired to oppose popular uprisings in third-world countries. Methods include rape, murder, kidnapping.
Former US president Reagan praised the freedom fighters opposing the Sandinista National Liberation Front fighting to overthrow the US-backed Somoza dynasty in Nicaragua.