In some countries, pertaining to the opposition qualifies you as official enemy of the state and by that designation the state is in its right to defend itself
King= a man who excels in inflicting injury to others until he terrorizes everybody into submission
Politician= close your eyes and I will lead you, I know better.
The only way to ensure democracy functions correctly is to question its governance constantly. Fail to do so and you may awake to find yourself living in a police state.