In 3 ABY, the Abridon Nationalists revolted against the Galactic Empire, briefly delivering Abridon into the hands of the Rebel Alliance. A major Rebel base was set up in a rural area to the southwest of the capital, near a refugee camp.
His superior, Grand General Malcor Brashin, desired to completely crush Abridon resistance, and ordered Tantor to destroy the nearby refugee camp to display Imperial strenth and the consequences of allowing the Rebels to operate nearby. Tantor refused the order.
Furious, Brashin locked him out of communication frequencies and ordered Tantor's stormtroopers to raze the camp, telling them that Tantor had been injured by enemy fire and they needed to avenge him by razing the camp, ostensibly occupied by Rebel sympathizers.