President Donald Trump intends to turn the meeting with voters into a festival – 19 thousand people are expected at the main event at the closed stadium. The city authorities, however, have introduced a curfew since Thursday.
Initially, the Donald Trump Rally in Tulsa was scheduled for Friday, June 19 – and this day in the U.S. unofficially marked the day of Celebration of Black Liberation. The rally was rescheduled at the last minute.
Among other things, Tulsa is known as the city where the worst case of racial violence in the U.S. occurred in 1921 – when a crowd of white people defeated and destroyed an area of rich blacks, resulting in dozens of deaths, hundreds of victims and ten thousand African Americans were left homeless. In a wave of nationwide protests against racism that erupted in the U.S. after the murder of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter members intend to hold several protests against Trump in Tulsa today. At the same time, tens of thousands of supporters of the president will gather in the ultra-republican city of Oklahoma.
The mayor of Tulsa has imposed a curfew since Thursday to suppress potential riots. But later, Donald Trump tweeted that at his request, the mayor canceled the curfew on Saturday. The U.S. president also threatened “protesters, anarchists, agitators, marauders, and scum who are going to Oklahoma” that they would not be treated the same way as in Minneapolis – that “would be a completely different picture”, Donald Trump tweeted.
On Friday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected a motion to ban the rally against the coronavirus epidemic. Donald Trump said wearing masks at all events is optional.