Governments worldwide equate anti-government protests with violent military assaults. (The same governments will often treat pro-government protests with gentle reactions (or even support); witness the treatment in the U.S. of recent “climate strike” protesters–many of whom were openly allowed to be absent from government schools.)
In many cases, governments will position dozens of armored troops in open areas and then claim that protesters “charged” or “advanced” against them.
Today, on the 70th Anniversary of the brutal communist takeover of China, the Chinese-government affiliated government of Hong Kong opened fire on a protester, claiming the protester was advancing threateningly. See here.
The brave people of Hong Kong–one of the freest places on earth–have been protesting Chinese government encroachments on their liberties throughout the past month.