Civil disobedience. Why does Thoreau believe that "a goverment in which the mejority rule in all cases cannot based on justice, even as far as men understand it"?

Why Thoreau told this words? What he thought.?

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I think the main idea of the quote revolves around the abuse the majority can inflict on a minority if there are no checks and balances. Thoreau believed in constitutional guarantees of rights and a judicial system that would prevent the oppression of others by a majority.