Dueling pro- and anti-transgender-rights protests outside a Los Angeles spa turned violent Saturday, resulting in projectiles thrown, cops firing rubber bullets, and more than a dozen arrests, according to a report.
The Wi Spa in Koreatown had also been the site of clashes earlier this month, during protests over a viral video that appeared to show a customer complaining that a transgender woman had exposed herself in front of children.
On Saturday morning, LGBTQ activists assembled in front of the spa to counter-demonstrators who had gathered there to oppose transgender people patronizing the business, The LA Times reported.
Those protesting the spa’s policy waved signs saying “Save our children” and “Stop defending pedos,” the report said.
An unlawful assembly was declared by police after members of the crowd threw projectiles, including some that were aimed at cops, according to the report.
Footage posted to social media showed police in riot gear shooting bean bags and rubber bullets at demonstrators.