Protests over transgender rights at LA spa turn violent

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This July 4, 2021, photo, shows the exterior of the Wi Spa in Koreatown district in Los Angeles. Police declared an unlawful assembly and fired non-lethal projectiles to disperse an unruly crowd on Saturday, July 17, after a dueling protest over transgender rights at the Los Angeles spa turned violent. The protests stemmed from a video that circulated online earlier this month, in which an irate customer complained to the staff at Wi Spa that a transgender woman was in the women’s section of the spa. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police made a number of arrests and fired non-lethal projectiles to disperse an unruly crowd on Saturday after dueling protests over transgender rights at a Los Angeles spa turned violent.

The protests stemmed from an online video in which an irate customer complained to the staff at Wi Spa that a transgender woman was in the women’s section of the spa.

The LAPD says it declared an unlawful assembly after people demonstrating against transgender access to the spa clashed with counter-protesters.

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