A Stand with Ukraine street rally will take place in Victoria on Sunday afternoon, marking the second weekend in a row the community has gathered in solidarity.
Beginning at 12:30 p.m., supporters will line Douglas Street from the Ukrainian Cultural Centre at 3277 Douglas St. to downtown Victoria.
People are welcome to join and participants are encouraged to bring flags and signs.
The event is organized by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Victoria Branch, the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Victoria, and the UVic Ukrainian Students’ Society.
“Join us in rallying in support of Ukraine and democracy! We will be lining Douglas Street from the Ukrainian Cultural Centre at 3277 Douglas St. all the way downtown! Bring flags, signs, and other visible signs of your support for Ukraine!” reads the event’s Facebook page.
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Sunday’s planned street rally comes a week after thousands gathered on the lawn of the B.C. Legislature to show support for Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.
At last week’s rally, chants, anthems and songs echoed across the lawn and speeches were made by event organizers to raise awareness of the ongoing situation.
“It’s so multicultural. We’ve just had this divisive couple of years and it’s wonderful to just see everyone put that all aside and just join in. It’s great,” said Angie Ross, a Victoria resident of Ukrainian descent told CHEK News.
Demonstrators also came prepared with a multitude of signs with various messages including, “Stand with Ukraine,” “Stand with Freedom,” “Canada stands with Ukraine,” “Pray for Ukraine,” and “Peace for Ukraine,” among others.
Up Island, close to 250 people turned out to a candlelight vigil in French Creek supporting the Ukraine while in Nanaimo, a Canadian of Polish descent has spearheaded a fundraiser to help the people of Ukraine.