Berlin Before his first mass rally since the beginning of the US corona crisis, US President Trump issued a sharp warning to participants in protests. “Any protesters, anarchists, troublemakers, looters or rabble who come to Oklahoma, please understand that you will not be treated like in New York, Seattle or Minneapolis,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday. He was referring to what he considered to be lax reactions by some states to demonstrations following the death of the African American George Floyd, which had initially led to riots.
Trump will perform in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday night (7:00 p.m. local time – 2:00 a.m.CEST on Sunday) – while protests against racism and police violence in the country continue and the corona pandemic continues. The city had initially imposed a curfew until Sunday out of fear of unrest, the mayor G.T. Bynum canceled after media reports. The city council believes that more than 100,000 people could gather. Counter demonstrations are also planned. Police chief Karen Keith told CNN: “We have a beautiful city and I just don’t want to see it destroyed.” She asked all visitors to treat Tulsa well.
Because of the ongoing Corona pandemic, the organizers announced that the participants would measure fever, and disinfectants and masks would be issued. However, it is highly questionable whether the participants in the crowd – especially within the closed arena – can keep enough distance from each other. Trump had recently bragged that there would be no space left.
The corona pandemic has been a worrying development in nearly half of the states. In many regions, the number of daily new infections has recently peaked – also in Oklahoma. The level in the Tulsa district has been significantly higher in the past ten days than in the weeks since March. Participants in the Trump rally on Saturday had to agree when registering that the organizers could not be held liable for Covid 19 disease and possible consequences.
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said Trump’s event would be safe. At the same time, she accused the media of hypocrisy because the mass protests against racism and police violence in the past few weeks after George Floyd’s death had received less critical attention. So far, these demonstrations of tens of thousands across the country do not appear to have had a major impact on new infections. This could also be due to the fact that they run outdoors, the participants often keep their distance from each other and wear masks.
First rally since March
Trump had also been displeased with his performance plans because he actually wanted to hold the rally on Friday, when “Juneteenth” was celebrated in the United States. June 19 marks the end of slavery in the United States. Tulsa was also the scene of a massacre by a white mob on the black population on June 1, 1921. Historians consider this the worst event of its kind in the United States after the end of the civil war. Hundreds of people were killed at the time. Given the originally planned date and Tulsa as a location, Trump had been accused of encouraging right-wing radicals.
Republican Trump is running for a second term in the November presidential election. The corona crisis had nearly brought the campaign to a standstill – Trump’s last rally was in March. According to campaign manager Brad Parscale, tens of thousands of people will now be able to attend the event in Tulsa, which is held inside and outside an arena. There are several places on the site where the President can speak, Parscale told Fox News on Friday. The campaign event will be similar to a festival.
The city of Tulsa said there were indications that members of organized groups who had been involved in “destructive and violent” actions in other states wanted to come to the city to cause unrest around the rally.
The further situation in Germany at a glance:
- The German drivers the corona crisis is helping to save – and not just because of lower gasoline prices. Because less driving and fewer accidents happen, many vehicle owners can too get money back from car insurance, as a survey among insurers and the Association of the German Insurance Industry (GDV) showed.
- The Pig farmers in Germany fear in view of the temporary closure of the largest slaughterhouse in Tönnies in Germany no bottlenecks. “We are currently assuming that there will be only slight shifts,” a spokesman for the interest group of pig farmers in Germany told the German Press Agency about possible delays in the slaughter of fattening animals. The company will try to switch to other slaughterhouses.
An overview of the further situation worldwide:
- The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis stops its clinical trial with the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of the disease caused by the coronavirus. Reason is one Lack of participants, the company announced. The FDA approved the study in April. Around 440 patients infected with the pathogen and hospitalized should take part in the tests. On Monday, however, the FDA withdrew its emergency approval for the use of the malaria drug. Based on new studies, it can no longer be assumed that the orally administered agent works in the lung disease, the FDA said.
- The United States can continue to rely on their in the costly battle against the corona crisis Top credit rating put. The rating agency Moody’s confirmed the American top rating “AAA” with a stable outlook. The United States has “exceptional” economic strength, the credit rating officers justified their decision. This means that the US continues to have the best conditions to borrow money on the financial market on favorable terms.
- Brazil has reported 54,771 new people infected with the coronavirus and the Breached a million infected mark. This emerged on Friday evening from the data of the Ministry of Health in Brasília. Almost 49,000 patients died as a result. So far, only the United States has seen more infections and deaths than in the largest and most populous country in Latin America. The actual numbers in Brazil are likely to be much higher, also because the country tests very little.
- Luxembourg wants with nationwide Tests of the entire population prevent a second corona wave. For this purpose, the residents and employees were divided into small groups, whose members are tested alternately and regularly: “If there are new infections, we know exactly where it happens and can break chains,” said the director of the Luxembourg Health Institute, Ulf Nehrbass, the German press agency.
- Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei is in the midst of the corona crisis Minister of Health exchanged. Giammattei said on Friday that he had sworn in María Flores and three vice ministers. Flores, who held a senior position in the Ministry of Health during President Óscar Berger’s government (2004-2008), replaces former Minister Hugo Monroy. The conservative Giammattei, himself a trained doctor, did not give a reason.
- The US cruise operator would have agreed their pandemic Break voluntarily extend and operate from US ports until September 15th the CLIA industry association announced on Friday (local time) in Washington. All major providers are represented in the organization.
- The European Parliament has a reasonable Protection for temporary and foreign workers from infection with the corona virus. This included easy access to tests and appropriate housing conditions, MEPs said in a resolution on Friday. Safety and health must also be ensured during the journey. The EU politicians emphasized that the Member States must ensure that the requirements are also implemented. They generally spoke out against discrimination against seasonal workers in access to social and medical services.
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