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Hundreds of Oklahomans crowded in the state capital on Saturday, to demand their freedom from vaccine and mask mandates — policies which don’t actually exist in the state.

The crowd, chanting shouts of “USA” and “freedom,” filled the rotunda of the building with few wearing masks or practicing social distancing. Many of them wielded signs in support of twice-impeached former President Donald Trump. The capitol building in Oklahoma City is the site of Governor Stitt’s office, the politician whose refusal to issue a state of emergency means that Oklahomans are unlikely to ever face mandates.

The crowd also chose the state capitol building as the location of their rally in order to make their position known to the Oklahoma politicians who may be in support of mask and vaccine mandates.

Protesters compare mandates to communism

One protestor stated, “I do not want to see us be mandated for masks or vaccines because that is our right to choose what’s best for us. So, that’s why I’m here — to support for freedom, to choose.” The protestor would not reveal their name.

Another protestor, Daniel Navejas, used pejoratives to describe the COVID-19 situation across the state. “It’s more of a plan-demic and a scam-demic,” said Mr. Navejas, one of the speakers at the rally. He also insisted that mandates are akin to socialism and communism.

Meanwhile, private organizations in Tulsa have begun reinstating mask mandates in their stores and places of business. Thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Colorado-based Masterpiece Cake Shop, private entities may create and enforce their own rules.

Private businesses continue mask mandates

Many stores across the city have also hung signs reminding the public that the CDC recommends the use of masks in all indoor buildings and outdoor locations, regardless of vaccination status. The extremely contagious Delta variant has wreaked havoc across Oklahoma, leading to vast community spread of the virus due to low vaccination rates.

Three COVID-19 vaccines, the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, and the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, are free and available to nearly all Oklahomans over the age of 12. Both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for people over the age of 18, while the Pfizer vaccine is approved for people over the age of 12. Governor Stitt, who continues to insist that Oklahomans are handling the pandemic well, received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in March.

Erika Stone is a graduate student in the Master of Social Work program at the University of Oklahoma, and a graduate assistant at Schusterman Library. A Chess Memorial Scholar, she has a B.A. in Psychology...

2 replies on “Protesters against mask, vaccine mandates flood Oklahoma Capitol building”

  1. Scam Demic and charges of Marxism is exactly what you saw in your integration photos ran in Erika’s recent story.. Rights for Black people were Communism and the work of the Antichrists’. Amazing how 75 years changes nothing with the Fear driven uneducated white folks. They call stupidity “Freedom” while their bodies became breeding grounds for more MAGAots and disease. These variants are the result of evolution as the Covid virus becomes more dangerous as it defends against what it has learned from the vaccine and medical treatments just developed. Unfortunately, these “freedom haters” do not believe in evolution and science, thus do not evolve. The same anti-Christ and anti-communist arguments of decades ago, ring out again as it any other people will believe these soon to be infected and dead demonstrators. Few more wish to join their death cult. Yet, they will kill many of us and our families. We who choose not to enter into the annual Darwin awards ( for the dumbest survival tactics of the year. ) but who will fall victim to new strains of this disease that develop inside the bloodstreams of these fools marching for ignorance. There is no freedom to infect and kill others. As our Founders wrote Life, Liberty and Happiness, Life comes first. We all have the freedom to be disease free, Please allow us this first and most basic freedom in America, the Freedom to Live!

  2. The “article” is typical, libtarded drivel. The comment below is the sme and might as well been written by some blue haired, bull ringed, Marxist basement dweller. “New strains of the disease” Yup, from the vaccinated. You people are low IQ, please, TAKE the vaccine!!! LOLOL TAAAKE ITT!!!! OVER AND OVER!!!!

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