Yes I understand. Thanks CogeyThank you for the context.
This is a different meaning of repression from the one discussed earlier in the thread. The meaning discussed above is the one used in psychology. It means something like "stop yourself from thinking about certain things.
2. the rejection from consciousness of painful or disagreeable ideas, memories, feelings, or impulses.
In your example, 'repression' is based on this meaning of repress.
2. to hold down and control (persons) unfairly or evilly: to repress one's civil rights.In your sentence, repression has to do with keeping people from expressing their opinions or being active politically. 'Blanket repression' is repression that applies to everybody and everything Islamists might do to express themselves or influence politics. It doesn't just repress violent demonstrations, for instance. It represses writing and talking about their ideas.
I hope this is helpful. If you still have a question, please ask.
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