Human-rights rally planned today outside Trump tower in Vancouver

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      Today may mark the first time that a candidate for a Republican presidential nomination has ever triggered a demonstration in Vancouver.

      At 5 p.m., human-rights activists will gather outside the yet-to-be completed Trump International Hotel & Tower on West Georgia between Thurlow and Bute streets.

      The rally is to protest what organizer Imtiaz Popat calls "the growing tide" of Islamophobia in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in Paris and California.

      Trump has proposed banning Muslims from entering the United States. He's defended his policy by citing the decision to intern Japanese Americans during the Second World War.

      "We will gather at 5 p.m. at Trump tower in Vancouver to show our opposition to this growing hatred and suspicion toward Muslims," Popat said in a news release.

      The protest comes two days after International Human Rights Day.

      Imtiaz Popat is a former COPE park-board candidate and a long-time human-rights activist.
      Charlie Smith

      In 2013, Trump visited Vancouver to announce that his name would go on the 63-storey residential tower and hotel being built in the 1100 block of West Georgia Street.

      "I believe it’s going to be a fantastic success," Trump told reporters. "I love Vancouver and the people who live here.”