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Victoria’s Sikh community and others form human chain around mosque

Millions of Muslims around the world attended Friday prayers for the first time since the horrific toll of the attack on two mosques in New Zealand became clear. In Victoria, many went out of their way to show the Muslim community sympathy and support.

Members of Victoria’s Sikh community and others from around Vancouver Island gathered at a Victoria mosque Friday afternoon in a symbolic act of protection of the Muslim community.
“The Human Chain at Masjid Al-Iman” was a public event that started at 12:45 p.m. at 2218 Quadra Street. It ran until 3 p.m. and hundreds showed up to stand in solidarity with the local Muslim community.
During the event, people stood in a line, shoulder to shoulder, starting near the doors of a mosque. Community officials, including Finance Minister Carole James and Victoria Police Chief Del Manak joined the crowd. There was also a sign near the doors that said “You are our friends. We will stand watch while you pray.”

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