Everything here is from the History of al-Tabari. Use the link to read more and educate yourself. After reading what I have presented here, you will see and understand the kind of regime Mua’awiya was running. A regime that oppressed and persecuted those who praised Imam Ali, a regime that forced the people to curse and disavow Imam Ali, a regime that blamed Imam Ali and his companions of the murder of Uthman, a regime that suppressed any opposition by killing or emprisonment, a regime that used the blood of Uthman to justify their actions, a regime that cursed Imam Ali during every Khutbah, a regime that had nothing to do with Islam, indeed.
Year 42 (APRIL 26, 662-APRIL 14, 663):
Mua’awiya made the cursed Marwan al-Hakam governor of al-Madinah!
Year 47 (MARCH 3, 667-FEBRUARY 19, 668):
Year 51 (JANUARY 18, 671-JANUARY 7, 672): Hujr b. ‘Adi’s Execution
According to the above account, it was a common practice by the governors of Mua’awiya, and as instructed by Muaawiya, to remind the people of the murder of Uthman in order to keep their hatred towards Imam Ali strong and rooted, and to shame and be hostile to his companions. They praised Uthman and his companions, supplicated that Allah had mercy on them, and they blamed Imam Ali for the killing of Uthman, called for latter’s murders to be punished, and cursed them. Despite Hujr’s heroic stand against al-Mughira’s claims and in defense of Imam Ali, the latter refused to harm Hujr ibn Adi. al-Mughira died the same year and Ziyad ibn Abu Sufyan become the governor of Basra and Kufa. Ziyad would also, and I quote al-Tabari, mention Uthman and his companions, and praise them, and mention his murderers, and curse them. Hujr would then get up and do as he had done to al-Mughirah.
The prisoners being referred to here are the companions of Hujr:
Below shows an instance of how Mua’awiya (and his governors) used to ask the people of their opinions about Ali and how he would persecute them if their answers favored Ali:
Hujr’s Companions Who Were Killed:
Ater several attempts by Ziya’s police to arrest Hujr, Ziyad threatened the notables of the Kufaas so that their clans desert Hujr:
Zyad’s (police force) inability to catch Hujr frustrated him and started threatening Muhammad ibn al-Asha’ath:
Another instance of Zyad questioning people of what they thought of Imam Ali and requesting them to curse Imam Ali:
Ziyad gathers false testimonies agains Hujr:
How Ziyad ibn Summayah (whom Muaawiya renamed ibn Abu Sufyan) died:
Mua’awiya secures the Baya’at for his son Yazid:
Year 60: Mua’awiya’s will to his son Yazid:
Here is another version of the will, in the same book:
The following happened during the reign of Yazid: