Los Angeles Anti-Maskers Staged Protest At a Shopping Mall
Ralph's and the Century City shopping mall has become an unplanned protest spot for locals who are tired of the pandemic and want to get rid of their masks.
The group of about 20 circulated around the 3 floors, chanting “no more masks,” and “fuck communist China.” pic.twitter.com/zhq7ka3jiL— Samuel Braslow (@SamBraslow) January 4, 2021
“Today, a group of anti-maskers protested at Ralph’s and the Century City shopping mall. Lots of angry confrontations with customers and a few physical altercations,” says Twitter post.
Holy shit.. this thread is cursed. These people are actual psychopaths who bonded with each other over a shared lack of empathy. https://t.co/O2uplX8E8q— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) January 4, 2021
Several people were reportedly detained in connection with fights at the shopping mall.
At some point today, police apparently detained Shiva Bagheri after an altercation with a shopper. According to @peterdelachinga, who witnessed her detention and filmed it, he saw Bagheri walking free after this.— Samuel Braslow (@SamBraslow) January 4, 2021
Will follow up with LAPD for details. pic.twitter.com/gmyoWImahi
The video shows activists teasing store workers, thereby provoking conflict.
An anti-masker pantomimes dying of COVID to an Ugg’s employee who was saying something to the group. pic.twitter.com/wg1EZTyrug— Samuel Braslow (@SamBraslow) January 4, 2021
On the arguments of workers that they had violated the rules of conduct on private property did not work. In response, the protesters said that “We don’t live in China, we don’t live Iran.”
Some the anti-maskers were not served by foot court employees. One of them confronts malls security and says that they can be arrested for not serving them. “We don’t live in China, we don’t live Iran.” pic.twitter.com/vyMoTtKpFA— Samuel Braslow (@SamBraslow) January 4, 2021