If your title is anywhere near accurate, this is War.
Political opponents are now considered enemy combatants?
If I question the government I will get a gun in my face and my shelter ransacked?
I'll check back in 5min to see if you have edited the OP and added the relevant information.
I am curious to see if the story matches you headline, wouldn't surprise me if it did though.
These totalitarians are getting desperate as their policies and beliefs are being questioned and they have no real intellectual response so of course
they will act like primitive animals and use violence to "prove they are right politically".
Guess what historical dictators also did this type of intellectual repression? Just about all of them.
So it totally can happen here too considering the human susceptibility to use violence to win an argument.