President’s supporters, protesters face off outside Oklahoma rally

The Associated Press - June 21, 2020 8:56 am

Demonstrators march near the BOK Center, where the President held a campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, June 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The President’s supporters faced off with protesters shouting “Black Lives Matter” in Tulsa as the president held his first campaign rally in months amid public health concerns about the coronavirus and fears that the event could lead to violence in the wake of killings of Black people by police.

Activists flooded the city’s downtown streets and briefly blocked traffic at an intersection, but police had reported just one arrest as of Saturday afternoon.

Later in the evening, a group of armed men began following the protesters. When the protesters blocked an intersection, a man wearing a Trump shirt got out of a truck and spattered them with pepper spray. Police later deployed an irritant gas to try and make the group disperse.

 

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