“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.”
Many supporters wear black and white, holding hundreds of placards. There is a sign language interpreter, to translate the various speakers addressing the crowd, giving testimonies and leading chants @CHEK_News pic.twitter.com/Ahi5PmDSRc
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.