Thousands gather for Black Lives Matter rally in Victoria

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Thousands of people gathered in Centennial Square in downtown Victoria on Sunday night for a vigil and peace for black life rally that is expected to last until 8 p.m.The rally began around 4 p.m. with an opening led by Aboriginal leaders and community members. Throughout the event, crowds could be heard chanting “Black Lives Matter.”

One of the organizers, Pamphinette Buisa, says it’s an opportunity to showcase the voices of the black community.

“This is the first time I’ve laid off publicly showing my face in this situation,” Buisa said. “Now is the time for Victoria and the world to unite and that’s what we’re trying to do today.”

The organizers asked participants to wear masks and respect physical distance measures. Participants were also ordered to wear white as a sign of peace.

Victoria Police tweeted that Pandora Avenue has been closed between Douglas and Government streets to make room for the rally and to expect traffic disruptions in the area around Centennial Square.

The Victoria Gathering is the latest in a series of events that took place across British Columbia over the weekend, including in Prince George, Kelowna, Nanaimo and Sechelt.



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