When I hear the phrase "nonviolent protest", I usually picture a handful of people with signs standing on a sidewalk. Truly peaceful.
When a group of people starts making a nuisance of themselves, such as blocking traffic, gluing themselves to trains, or even spray-painting graffiti over walls, I start having a cognitive dissonance, because this is not how the concept works in my head.
But, according to this twitter thread, when they say "nonviolent protest", what they mean, first and foremost, is making a nuisance of themselves and disrupting the normal flow of daily life:
It’s especially interesting, because I've heard different politicians over the last week say: "We want you to protest (but do so peacefully)". Do they, really? Do they speak the same language as the protesters?