attacking the narrative that disproportionately centres looting to suppress the actual issue and that is used as a vehicle of propaganda by the state is not the same as defending looting.
Also, looting does happen. I would not be surprised if the police is overstretched to the degree that they can't stop looters, hence the deployment of other forces can be justified (but not the excessive use of force of the police or guard).It is to people unless you preface that you condem looting.
It's so much easier to just say "ok **** the looters, but wtf is this response against protesters and this complete lack of comptent leadership?".