LA anti-gentrification protest leaves damage

May 2, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two dozen people protesting gentrification of old sections of Los Angeles were taken into custody after allegedly vandalizing businesses.

KNBC-TV reports the group dressed in black and wore red masks as they marched Wednesday night from Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights to the Arts District on the eastern side of downtown.

Police Sgt. Barry Montgomery says the marchers threw road flares and smoke grenades, and at one point the group unsuccessfully tried to set a building on fire.

In the Arts District, several art galleries and businesses were damaged with red paint.

Montgomery says someone standing outside a gallery was struck on the head with a stick.