This is just another way for the authoritarian to say: “You need us to protect you from us.”
Let that sink in for a minute.
What’s implied of course, is “You can’t stay here if you don’t want our services,” and also, “Try to stay here, and we will evict you, imprison you, beat you, and steal from you until you cave-in.”
And then, since domestic industries have been gutted by inflation, corruption, crony-capitalism, etc., this “protection” also includes blowing up a bunch of brown foreign people, bribing their governments, expropriating their farms and then mass-producing a bunch of cheap consumer goods abroad which, since they have been greatly subsidized, will be imported (and undercut any uppity domestic manufacturer) in order to sell you the illusion of prosperity and happiness.
The difference between our goons and their goons is that theirs dress more utilitarian, and ours have a tendency to wear wingtips and ties.