A human chain around Victoria’s Masjid Al-Iman mosque – a show of support for the Muslim community inside holding Friday prayer. (Keri Coles/News Staff)

A human chain around Victoria’s Masjid Al-Iman mosque – a show of support for the Muslim community inside holding Friday prayer. (Keri Coles/News Staff)

Protective human chain to form around Victoria mosque for Friday prayer

Islanders invited to stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

A human chain is growing around Victoria’s Masjid Al-Iman mosque, a show of support for the Muslim community inside holding Friday prayer.

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In light of the recent mosque shootings in New Zealand, Victoria’s Sikh community invited Islanders to join them in forming a protective human chain “as a show of love and solidarity with our Muslim family and to remind everyone that bigotry will not be tolerated.”

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Members of the public began to gather shortly before 1 p.m., at which time worshippers started arriving for prayer at Masjid Al-Iman (2218 Quadra St.).

The chain is expected to stay in place until the end of worship at 3 p.m.

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