Vancouver and Peace Arch demonstrations against Islamophobia to be held this weekend

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      While several vigils have been or will be held in Vancouver for the victims of the fatal shooting at a Quebec mosque, there are also several demonstrations that are being held where Vancouverites can show their solidarity against Islamophobia, support for unity, and protest against Donald Trump.

      In fact, you could spend your whole weekend at protests.

      On Saturday (February 4), the Love Over Fear rally will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Jack Poole Plaza (1085 Canada Place), where the recent Vancouver rally for the Women's March on Washington was held.

      The event is designed to address Islamophobia and spread a message of acceptance by bringing together community members from all walks of life.

      The event will follow a candlelight vigil from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Al Jamia Masjid Vancouver mosque (655 West 8th Avenue), which is being held in solidarity with the Quebec City Grand Mosque.

      Then on Sunday (February 5), a demonstration will be held at an appropriately named site: the Peach Arch monument in Peace Arch Provincial Park (138 Peace Park Drive, White Rock) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Canadian side of the border crossing.

      The No Ban, No Wall rally aims to celebrate diversity and show that people from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen are welcome.

      Peaceful signs, food, flags, and friends of all ethnicities, nationalities, cultures, backgrounds, and identities are welcome.

      For information on a few more events and vigils being held this week in Metro Vancouver, check out this article.

      Update (February 4): The Love Over Fear rally at Jack Poole Plaza will continue as scheduled despite the weather. However, the No Ban, No Wall rally has been rescheduled to February 12. 

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