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[–]Canbot 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

The government does not need evidence to do what they want.

What they are afraid of is losing control of the narrative.

[–]jerryk[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Sure. But, if they lose control of the narrative, it does become rather more difficult for the government to do what it wants without evidence. People are more likely to fight back, more aggressively, and, the government might lose.