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Video: Anti-LGBTQ+ group clashes with Woodland bar that canceled all-ages drag show

Earlier, Mojo's Lounge & Bar canceled a "Drag Queen Happy Hour" at the bar in response to what they called threats of violence.

WOODLAND, Calif. — Hours after a Woodland bar canceled a "Drag Queen Happy Hour" event due to what they said were threats of violence, video shows a group of people clashing with others at the bar.

The Mojo Lounge & Bar canceled an all-ages drag show due to safety concerns Thursday, saying they were facing mounting violent threats from anti-LGBTQ+ groups in the leadup to the event. 

The all-ages drag show was meant to be a sendoff to Pride month, but organizers said they were worried it was circulating online among the Proud Boys. 

ABC10's Luke Cleary was following the story in Woodland when the apparent anti-LGBTQ+ group members arrived and clashed with people at the bar. One of the men was apparently pepper sprayed, and police are trying to figure out where it came from and who did it.

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Video shows about a dozen people hurling insults to patrons and police from the opposing sidewalk after the clash. 

The men wouldn't tell ABC10 what group, if any, they were affiliated with. Woodland Police have described the people as an organized group but have not formally identified them by any name.

However, neighbors in the area said those people didn't belong there.

"I don’t want them here. They don’t live here," said Valerie Robinson.            

Robinson said she doesn't buy their rhetoric about the children.

"They are screaming profanity and there were children on the street, so children were not their point," Robinson said.

Woodland Police said they did not make any arrests.

"What we were doing was providing a perimeter and scene security. While waited for more police officers to come," Deputy Chief Anthony Cucchi told ABC10.

He said police got aid from partners with the California Highway Patrol, Yolo County Sheriff's Department and Winters Police Department to calm the scene down and treat anybody that might have been hurt.

"Definitely looked like something happened, so yes, that's what we're investigating, but we don't have enough information yet to make that arrest," Cucchi said.

As the investigation moves forward, neighbors said the incident doesn't represent their town.

"Anybody who saw anything if they can come forward and provide that information to us to help us get to the end results, pressing charges, we want that. Hate is not something that belongs in the city of Woodland. And to me, personally, we need to stand up to it," Cucchi said.


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