2,000 people attend Olympic Cauldron vigil for Quebec City terror attack victims (PHOTOS)

Feb 5 2017, 5:55 pm

An estimated 2,000 people braved last night’s snowstorm and attended a candlelight vigil at Jack Poole Plaza in downtown Vancouver that included the relighting of the Olympic Cauldron.

The deadly terror attack last weekend at a Quebec City mosque is still reverberating among Canadians, especially the nation’s large Muslim community.

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Earlier Saturday evening, proceedings began with a vigil at the Al Masjid Al Jamia Vancouver mosque on West 8th Avenue near Heather Street before continuing at the Robson Street side of the Vancouver Art Gallery. From there, a small procession joined a growing crowd at Jack Poole Plaza where an anti-Islamaphobia rally dubbed “Love Over Fear” was held.

Community leaders delivered speeches at the Jack Poole Plaza event, and the Cauldron was relit as a symbol of unity and hope.

Many thousands more would likely have attended last night’s vigil had road conditions been optimal.

Love Over Fair: No more Islamophobia. #vancouver #loveoverfear #rallyagainstislamophobia

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Backlit by the olympic torch at the anti #islamaphobia rally, a poster redirecting bias towards something better.

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Yas, Vancouver! Fuck Islamophobia!

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Surrounded by so much love tonight.. speechless #LoveOverFear

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United in solidarity for our Muslim brother and sisters.

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Vancouver standing with our Muslim community tonight. #humanrights #solidarityispower

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There is a torch and it never goes out #rallyagainstislamophobia #resist #photoadaychallenge #unceededcoastsalishterritories

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Rally against Islamaphobia

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Vigil for those slain in the Quebec City mosque attack

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Vancouver!!!! #weekend #coldwater #snow #vancouver #yvr #olympictorch

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“We have to be for each other” Coming together at the Love Over Fear rally #solidarityinthesnow

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Cold hands and feet, warm heart. Vancouver you were stunning tonight! 💖❄️🇨🇦 #noislamophobia #loveoverfear #vancouver #unity

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Honoured to join hundreds in #vancouver to unite against Islamophobia and racism #endislamophobia #yvr

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Love over fear. Stop islamophobia #vancouver #vancouverwithquebec #noborders #humanrights #humanrace

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