Atlanta – Donald Trump is holding a rally on Wednesday noon at the Fox Theatre in midtown Atlanta, an area full of gay bars and restaurants. The police has barricaded nearby streets, only people with tickets to the event will be allowed to access. The meeting can be watched live via Youtube.

Atlanta police sergeant Warren Pickard said a large crowd is expected to attend the rally. He added that there is no indication of any problem, although city officers will be prepared like in metro areas, as reported by

Trump will hold rally in Atlanta
Donald Trump will hold a rally on Wednesday noon at the Fox Theatre in midtown Atlanta. Credit:

Before the event, Republican Governor Nathan Deal and Senator David Perdue, have organized a fundraiser for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The latter attended to collect money for his campaign, against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Senator David Perdue has not participated in the fundraiser since the U.S. Senate is discussing legislations that would affect Georgia’s water supply. Attendees must pay $100,000 per couple for breakfast with Trump.

Trump is also scheduled to carry out a rally on February 21 at the Georgia World Congress Center. The presumptive candidate won Atlanta’s Republican presidential primary in March, with nearly 40 percent of the votes.

Special units will protect the area

The police has closed Peachtree Street from Ponce de Leon Avenue to 3rd Street to control better monitor the area. Sergeant Pickard said that people working in the area should take preventive measures, and the streets will be reopened after the rally ends.

There will be special units to respond in case a massive shooting occurs, in the context of the Orlando shooting, which killed at least 49 men in a gay bar. According to Pickard, every officer is “trained to respond an active shooter, no matter what his rank is in the department,” said 11alive.

Trump’s campaign has not announced the subject of Wednesday’s rally. Analysts suggest he will be talking about the Orlando shooting, terrorism threats and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Democrats have criticized Trump’s declarations about the Orlando shooting

The presumptive candidate carried out a rally on Tuesday in North Carolina, to celebrate his 70th birthday. The event was attended by several protesters, some of whom were arrested by police. Trump addressed Hillary Clinton saying “she’s no friend of women and LGBT Americans.”

Users on social media are calling for a protest at the Fox Theatre. President Barack Obama said in a statement on Tuesday that Trump’s anti-Muslim propositions might be “dangerous to the nation’s safety, religious freedom and diversity.”

“Are we going to start treating all Muslim-Americans differently? Are we going to start subjecting them to special surveillance? Are we going to start discriminating against them because of their faith?… Do Republican officials actually agree with this?” Obama said according to The Associated Press.

On the other hand, Trump has criticized the Obama’s approach to terrorism, saying he “continues to prioritize our enemy over our allies. Presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said the U.S. does not need “conspiracy theories.” referring to Trump’s declarations.

Tickets for Trump’s rally at the Fox Theatre can be obtained here. The event can be watched online here.

Source: AJC