Los Angeles — Authorities made several arrests on Saturday after protests in a duel over transgender rights outside the Los Angeles spa became violent.
The protest arose later A customer posted a video on Instagram Her complaining about transgender women’s genitals in the women’s section of the spa. The video was controversial after the spa defended its policy of allowing transgender customers at its facility. Los Angeles Times reported..
Police declared an unlawful session around 11:00 am when demonstrators opposed transgender access to spa facilities clashed with opposition protesters. According to LAPD spokesman Det. Meghan Aguilar, some in the crowd threw smoke grenades and other things at the police.
An emergency alert sent to Angelenos in the area said, “If you do not leave the area immediately, the LAPD will arrest you.”
To Statement to Los Angeles Magazine For video, Wi Spa was behind the California Civil Code, which makes discrimination against transgender and non-binary customers illegal.
“Like many other metropolitan areas, Los Angeles has a transgender population, some of whom enjoy visiting the spa,” the statement said. “WiSpa strives to meet the needs of all our customers.”
Far-right protesters ordered a boycott of the spa, making unfounded claims of pedophilia. Guardian reported.. According to the Guardian, people were holding signs calling for “protecting women’s spaces.” This is a common requirement among anti-trans groups who claim that transgender women endanger cisgender women.
Photos and videos posted on Twitter reflect police beating protesters with batons and firing bean bag rounds and other projectiles. At one point, a woman was hit in the abdomen and fell to the ground.
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In May, a federal judge extended an order to limit the use of hard-form projectiles in protests by the Los Angeles Police Department, according to The Times.
Dozens of people were arrested for ignoring the dissolution order, and police later found stun guns, knives, and pepper sprays abandoned on the streets.
There were no immediate arrests, as Aguilar was still processing the arrested people and screening to see if anyone needed treatment.
She said no officers were injured or protesters were transferred to the hospital.
Contribution: Associated Press
This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Los Angeles protest over transgender rights arrested at local spa