“All protests start off peaceful, until they’re not” response?

Anonymous
There was a peaceful protest in my city today, and some people tried shutting it down by trying to scare away the protesters. They were peaceful, they were even having a cookout, and just had signs out. This took place in a public park. They did not have any weapons of any sorts.

And some people came by waving weapons like bats, crowbars, etc. trying to scare the protesters off. And their excuse was that they had to shut down the protest before they started looting the nearby business. But they had been out there for 2 hours and no one was rioting or looting.
People kept saying “All protests start off peaceful until they’re not so we have to shut them down before they stop being peaceful”

What’s a good comeback to that statement?
“All protests start off peaceful, until they’re not” response?
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