VicPD are looking for witnesses after the Queen Victoria statue located on the grounds of the BC legislature was vandalized Friday afternoon.

It is believed protesters are responsible for splashing cans of red paint on the statue’s podium and also vandalized the statue with the words “Land Back”.

Police believe the incident occurred during a protest against old-growth logging at around 2:30 p.m. this afternoon.

During a protest gathering at the B.C. Legislative Assembly, a group of people moved to the Queen Victoria statue on the north side of the Legislature grounds and vandalized it with red paint,” VicPD said in a media release.

It’s unclear whether these two events are linked.

Damage to the statue is being assessed, according to police.

“Safe, peaceful and lawful protest is permitted under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Vandalism is not,” said VicPD.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact VicPD at (250) 995-7654. To report what you know anonymously, call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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