From the Washington Post editorial Fires in France, we have some more rhetoric aimed at getting the reader to feel sorry for criminals and excuse their behavior.
But not all the demonstrators are hoodlums and drug dealers either, as some senior French officials portray them;
Demonstrators? What kind of a lie is that? If you are a demonstrator, you march in the streets, hold rallies, wave signs, etc. If you committ crimes such as arson and attacking the police, you have crossed the line from merely demonstrating, and are now a hoodlum. Maybe not a drug dealer, but certainly a hoodlum.