I have not seen this story, but from your description I will say this: Evil wins only when the Good do not act.
Problem is governments are oppressing people more and more to the point where people are becoming so afraid that they do not act anymore.
That said, one must fight to keep a pure heart. Seeing such evil being done, regardless of consequences to your own self, one must find the courage to overcome the fear and shout/swing/scream/do something to help the victim. This act of courage is more valuable than the biological life. And it is damn hard. A lot of people do not have the self-confidence for it. But darn it, if anyone is in that place, find the courage, because the pain of the victim, especially the one described here is immense and not even compared to the magnitude of your fear.