The difference is, “who pays”?
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A valid public protest will have no single ‘victim’.

The differentiating factor is not whether its a single entity, but rather the public interest of the protest. Protesting against your ex-girlfriend has no public interest, while protesting against a corrupted official or a polluting company has.

Bitmain are definitely in a position where protesting against them has significant public interest.