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persecute (one) for (something)

To harass, oppress, or torment one based on some reasoning, evidence, or justification. Often used in passive constructions. Our group has been persecuted for our religion in this country for years. The current administration is persecuting us for joining the opposition party.
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persecute someone for something

to harass or repress someone for something. They were persecuting the native people for being underdeveloped. They were persecuted for being simple and unsuspecting.
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Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account."
We persecute people for other things -- sexual orientation, social status, etc.
We persecute people by ignoring them -- by trivializing their concerns, by deriding their organizations as foolish, by making their beliefs (or the fact they have beliefs at all) slightly foolish.