- “We will squeeze Lothal until someone reveals the whereabouts of these traitors.”
- ―Darth Vader[src]
The Siege of Lothal was an event which was launched by Darth Vader and Wilhuff Tarkin, During the event, Lothal was placed under planet-wide lockdown, Imperial Star Destroyers were placed everywhere looking for the rebels using spotlights. This event caused the death of the Minister of Lothal, Maketh Tua, the destruction of Tarkintown. Grand Moff Tarkin told Agent Kallus that Lothal must be punished because they were in help with the rebels. After the death of Tua, Vader ordered the Spaceports to be on lockdown and says that any ship attempting to leave will be destroyed.
The Siege came about as a reaction to the ongoing insurgency and the unrest on Lothal following the success of a rebel operation in the Mustafar system, one that led to the destruction of the Sovereign, the flagship of Grand Moff Tarkin. As Lothal was an industrial world vital to the Imperial conquest of the Outer Rim, the Emperor sent his apprentice, Darth Vader, to put an end to rebel activities on the world.
In Legacy, when Ezra wanted to know where his parents were and they decided to return to Lothal, Sabine says that the blockade is gone and the lockdown is lifted.
- "The Siege of Lothal" (First appearance)