death squad


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death squad

n.
A clandestine military or paramilitary group that carries out the killing of political opponents or civilians deemed undesirable.
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death′ squad′


n.
any of various paramilitary groups, esp. in Latin America, whose members murder political opponents and petty criminals.
[1965–70]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.death squad - a clandestine military or paramilitary team who murder political dissidents or petty criminals (usually with the government's tacit approval)death squad - a clandestine military or paramilitary team who murder political dissidents or petty criminals (usually with the government's tacit approval)
hit squad - a team of assassins
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Translations

death squad

nsquadra della morte
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Human Rights Watch, the New York-based NGO, has described RAB as a Bangladeshi government death squad, pointing out that senior political figures have expressed support publicly and privately for its policy of extra-judicial killings.
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The 69-year-old politician is expected to stand trial next month on murder charges, including the death squad killings at La Cantuta University of nine students and a professor who were suspected of collaborating with the Maoist Shining Path rebels.
"I do not believe that death squads were operating in Honduras," Negroponte testified before Congress in 2001.
Death squads "remain intact, now dedicated to social cleansing, even if their level of activities has lessened" since the end of the civil war, she added.