PHOTOS: Dozens show up to rebuild vandalized Victoria people-less protest

Liam Kenah paints ‘what are you willing to risk?’ on the ground in Centennial Square, helping to rebuild the display that was destroyed earlier in the week. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Two men, who wanted to remain anonymous, spray paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on fencing near the remains of the Plaza Hotel. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Dozens of people showed up at Centennial Square on Friday to help rebuild an anti-racism display, as part of a people-less protest, that was destroyed two days earlier. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
After a people less protest display was destroyed earlier this week, dozens of people showed up on Friday to help rebuild. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Dozens of people showed up at Centennial Square on Friday to help rebuild an anti-racism display, as part of a people-less protest, that was destroyed two days earlier. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Afaf Burrow hangs up signs that were ripped down earlier this week in Centennial Square as part of a people less protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. (Kendra Crighton)
Signs that were ripped down earlier this week, were replaced in Centennial Square ahead of a peace rally that is being held in Victoria on Sunday. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Dozens of people showed up to support the rebuilding of anti-racism display destroyed two days before.

The display in the name of victims of police brutality was meant to be part of a people-less protest to allow immunocompromised and vulnerable people to show their support in other ways than attending a rally.

Agartu Ali, co-organizer of the event, was happy with the turnout.

RELATED: Name of victims ‘ripped down’ from Victoria display

“It shows that our community is strong,” she says. “This one individual or group of individuals who thought there was no value in putting up these posters and to see our community truly cares about the Black Lives Matter movement and truly cares about making change in our community [means a lot].”

RELATED: More than 1,500 people expected at Victoria peace rally for Black lives

Selma Arale, co-organizer, says she didn’t expect the amount of support shown in Centennial Square on Friday.

“It means a lot that people would come as a community to support this beautiful people-less protest that we’re trying to do,” she says.

Messages written in chalk around the fountain in the square hold space for the victims of police brutality until Sunday when a peace rally will be held to honour their lives.

The Sunday rally starts at 4 p.m. in Centennial Square.



kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

racism

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Victoria Flamenco Festival goes virtual for 2020 event

The show will go online from July 23 to 26

Metchosin bird card project finds its wings

On display at Metchosin ArtPod from July 10 to 12

UVic research team creating virus-resistant washbasins for post-pandemic world

Civil engineer Rishi Gupta hopes basins will be installed in public spaces

Walk for Peace takes a virtual turn for Victoria Hospice

Residents can still register for Gordy Dodd’s 11th annual fundraiser

United Way Greater Victoria launches Hi Neighbour program in Esquimalt

Feedback sought from residents about funding for micro community projects

B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light

Travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have decimated the tourism and hospitality industries

300 Cache Creek residents on evacuation alert due to flood risk as river rises

Heavy rainfall on Canada Day has river rising steadily, threatening 175 properties

First glimpse of Canada’s true COVID-19 infection rate expected mid-July

At least 105,000 Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus was identified

Annual music event in Comox Valley celebrates online instead

Vancouver Island MusicFest holds virtual celebration set for July 10

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Most Read