I don't agree with the accuracy of that symbolic assertion, from what I've seen working in government. More importantly, I don't think the fact that a crime was done for symbolic purpose makes it okay. Plenty of people could articulate a symbolic purpose to last week's assault on the US Capitol. Doesn't make it okay. Trashing a Starbucks or graffiting a hardware store is a crime, and a crime worth prosecuting in my eyes. It's just decidedly less serious of a crime than killing a cop while trying to kidnap a Congressperson.