It might seem inappropriate, subversive, exaggerated or apocalyptic, but even democratic governments sometimes turn against their own citizens and act in order to persecute them; thus, if you study urban survival techniques you have to at least account for this possibility.
Two very clear examples of this are those of Adolf Hitler and Robert
Mugabe; both reached power thanks to the popular vote and slowly, little
by little began persecuting those that they didn't like and ended
bullying just about anybody else using all sorts of methods, including
murder. The number of victims in both case of course differ, but the
kind of leadership was the same.
Whether you are talking about one, a
thousand or a million victims, for those victims statistics doesn't
matter since for they certainty hit them violently and sometimes
terminally. The evilness of a bad leader should not be judged by the
number of victims that he provokes, but by the fact that he causes
victims in the first place. With these two examples - but there are more
indeed - it is enough to understand that even the most ostensibly
democratic leaders may become ruthless and act against innocent people.