Political dissidents are individuals who disagree with the establishment, policies, or cultural, social, and economic practices of their time. They act, either as individuals or in tandem with like-minded groups, to effect change in the social, economic, political, or cultural arenas. They can be severely persecuted or punished by their government or law-enforcing groups because they pose a threat to the established order. Because of their new ideas or new ways of thinking, dissidents make important contributions to the society in all areas, ...

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