(Image / Lights for Liberty Facebook)

A vigil to protest the treatment of migrant families in the US is being held on the lawns of the BC Legislature Building in downtown Victoria tonight.

Participants in the Victoria vigil, called Lights for Liberty, are joining over 800 communities worldwide to protest the separation of migrant and refugee families, in what the group calls “detention camps” in the US.

“Lights for Liberty is a loose coalition of grassroots activists, with support from long-standing immigrants’ rights organizations and other organizers,” reads the Lights for Liberty Facebook group.

“We are moved to mobilize with anyone: moms, dads, and people of moral conscience who cannot stand to see families and communities destroyed.”

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At the time of publication, 56 people had RSVP’d to Victoria’s event with another 142 responding that they were interested in attending.

The vigil will begin at 8:30 p.m. in downtown Victoria and will coincide with the global protest launch time of 9:00 p.m.

“We would also like to urge Canadian politicians to take a stand against the egregious and blatantly inhumane treatment inflicted upon refugees at the hands of the United States,” reads Victoria’s Facebook event description.

“As like minded individuals, please sit with us and shine a light on the inhumane treatment of migrants at detention camps.”

Lights for Liberty: Victoria, BC

  • When: Friday, July 12th, 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: British Columbia Parliament Buildings, 501 Belleville Street