Traffic was halted at several intersections in downtown Victoria Wednesday afternoon as an old-growth logging protest march moved through the city.
The demonstrators, who said they were affiliated with the ongoing Fairy Creek blockade, are protesting the ongoing logging of B.C.’s old-growth rainforests.
The protest blocked several intersections including Broughton and Douglas streets.
Demonstrators said they planned on holding a rally at the B.C. Legislature at the end of their march.
Victoria police said they would deploy temporary CCTV cameras to ensure public safety during the planned protest.
Officers were also expected to be in attendance to maintain order, VicPD said.
The 37th annual holiday light-up at the legislature that was scheduled for 6 p.m. was postponed due to concerns surrounding the protest as well as inclement weather in the forecast, officials said.
While the tree was still expected to be lit, choirs and bands slated to play at the legislature will now be rescheduled to Dec. 8.