One other protest at Wi Spa turns violent and other people marvel if it began with a joke
If you want to save yourself from watching the original video, the woman who shoots it says in part: “It’s okay for a man to go to the women’s department and show his penis to other women, young little girls … underage … to your spa? Wi Spa tolerates that? Is that what you say? ”She goes on to describe the alleged person’s genitals, insisting that she is not a woman because of it.
When anti-trans demonstrators and counter-protests gathered outside Wi Spa on Saturday, police officers in riot gear appeared at the rally. The police declared an illegal gathering around noon after people started throwing objects. As reported by BuzzFeed News, one person was arrested for possession of a prohibited weapon, while 39 were arrested for not dispersing.
As reported by The Guardian, far-right protesters chanted rally screams common among QAnon conspiracy theorists, including “Save our children”. Some protesters wore masks that covered their faces, while others wore signs saying “Protection for women” and “It’s worse in shelters”. The context here is that trans women are welcome in women’s shelters in California (which should be the standard across the country) and people like to incite hatred and hysteria against trans people, suggesting that trans women are inherently violent towards cis women. However, trans women are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators.
A Guardian journalist said she was “thrown to the ground” by right-wing protesters who threw water at her and shouted at Jesus.
I was just being thrown to the ground by right-wing anti-pedophile protesters when a crowd covered me and chased me. They pelted me with water and shouted at Jesus and told me to take my cell phone. The police wouldn’t let me through the line, but they did after I was thrown on the ground. pic.twitter.com/LDGqkua3fi
– Lois Beckett (@loisbeckett) July 17, 2021
Here’s more footage of the protest that was shared on Twitter. Some videos show officials hitting and poking people with batons. Los Angeles Magazine reports that officials also sent beanbags and foam bullets.
Police have a perimeter around Wi Spa in Los Angeles pending further protest / counter protest after it became violent last week.
Big presence of the Black Block is waiting for Proud Boys pic.twitter.com/O66hXoFyrX
– Emily Molli (@emilymolli) July 17, 2021
The Democrats have also started tweeting about it.
As seen in a viral clip, a LAPD officer shot and killed a protester – it is unclear where, but chest, stomach and hand appear to be possible through the footage – with a rubber bullet at close range that was deemed “less than fatal Kraft was described by Bruce Thomas, a law enforcement expert, interviewed by the local ABC 7 retail outlet.
As can be seen in the clip, the protester falls to the ground after being shot. You can see both the interview excerpt and the shoot below.