Duel protests outside a Los Angeles spa turned violent on Saturday, resulting in projectiles being thrown, rubber bullets fired and more than a dozen arrests, according to a report.
Y Spa in Koreatown was also the site of clashes earlier this month, during protests over a viral video that showed a customer complaining that a transgender woman had exposed herself in front of children.
On Saturday morning, LGBTQ activists gathered in front of the spa to counter-protesters to protest transgender people patronizing the business, LA Times reported.
The report said those opposing the spa’s policy waved signs saying “save our children” and “stop protecting Pedo”.
According to the report, an unlawful gathering was declared by the police after members of the mob threw projectiles, some aimed at the police.
footage posted Social media showed police in riot gear shooting bean bags and rubber bullets at protesters.
“Most people left the area, but currently several arrests have been made for failure to disperse,” LAPD dec. Meghan Aguilar told the newspaper, adding that no one was injured.
A reporter for The Guardian, who was covering the protests, said he was attacked by protesters who were shouting about Jesus.
“Just thrown to the ground by right-wing anti-pedophile protesters as the crowd gathered on me and chased me,” Lois Beckett tweeted.
The duel demonstrations seem to have been inspired by the same June 24 Instagram video fueled violent protests Outside the Spa on July 3rd
“He’s a man,” an enraged woman told staff in the clip. “She’s not a woman. There are girls down there, other women very hurt by what they just saw and you didn’t do anything. You supported her.”
Since then questions are being raised on the veracity of the clip. According to the Los Angeles Blades, a local LGBT newspaper.
Law enforcement sources told the outlet that they were unable to find evidence to confirm that a transgender person was indeed present at the business on the day the video was staged, causing concern.
“I’m recording this because I’m going to make a big deal, I’m going to take it around the world,” the woman complaining in the video is heard promising.
The spa defended its practices in a statement to Los Angeles Magazine.
“Like many other metropolitan areas, Los Angeles has a transgender population, some of whom enjoy going to spas,” the statement read. “Wai Spa strives to meet the needs of all of its customers.”