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'I hope Mr. Putin is watching TV': Brockton area sends message of support for Ukraine – Enterprise News

Brockton officials made two symbolic shows of support for Ukraine as it tries to repel the Russian Army.
You may have noticed that Brockton City Hall has a new nighttime color scheme. The blue-and-gold lights are the colors of the Ukrainian flag. The city’s seat of government will be lit this way until March 7, according to Ward 7 City Councilor Shirley Asack, who announced the gesture at Monday’s City Council meeting.
At-Large City Councilor Moises Rodrigues put forward a resolution on the subject. It read:  “Be it resolved that the Brockton City Council condemns the actions of the Russian Government and its president, Vladimir Putin, for its premeditated, unprovoked invasion and actions of aggression against the sovereign country of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people,” Rodrigues’ text read.
“Be it further resolved that the City of Brockton City Council and the people it represents stand supportive and united with the people of Ukraine and the democratic country of Ukraine.”
Rodrigues said that while the move is symbolic, he wanted to bring it up for a vote for Brockton residents from Ukraine or nearby nations.
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“I hope Mr. Putin is watching TV and watching us on YouTube and realizes that even the City Council in the City of Brockton is anti the actions he took against the people of Ukraine.”
The symbolic vote passed 10-0.
The Ukrainian-born population in Brockton is tiny. It stood at an estimated 26 persons as of 2019 data from the American Community Survey. For comparison, Brockton is home to 11,177 people born in Cabo Verde and 8,988 Haitian-born residents.
In Bridgewater, a small group of demonstrators held signs in support of Ukraine on  Tuesday, March 1, 2022, with messages such as “We stand with Ukraine,” “Stop Russian aggression” and “Work for peace.” 
Send your news tips to reporter Chris Helms by email at CHelms@enterprisenews.com or connect on Twitter at @HelmsNews. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Brockton Enterprise.

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