A human chain is being organized at the Masjid Al-Iman mosque in Victoria on Friday, in a show of solidarity for the Muslim population – and the public is invited to join.
Hand in hand, the human chain will form at 12:45 p.m. and go until around 3 p.m. at 2218 Quadra Street. It is meant to symbolize support and solidarity for both Muslims close to home and abroad.
“We will be doing this as a show of love and solidarity with our Muslim family and to remind everyone that bigotry will not be tolerated,” said Sikh Youth of Victoria in a statement.
“This human shield will be a physical barrier of protection for those feeling persecuted and vulnerable following the horrors in New Zealand last week. Everyone is invited to join us.”
On March 15th, an Australian man attacked two mosques in New Zealand while worshippers were performing their Friday prayers. 50 people were killed and dozens more were injured.
Sikh Youth of Victoria ask that volunteers arrive before Friday prayers at Masjid Al-Iman begin and stay until they have completed.
“Worshippers will typically start arriving at 1 p.m., for prayers at 1:30 p.m.,” said the group. “We would like people to arrive for 12:45 p.m. to greet the worshippers and remain until the last one leaves.”
- When: 12:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Where: Masjid Al-Iman, 2218 Quadra Street