Vigil for Ukraine to be held at Chester Town Hall

A vigil is to be held at Chester ‘s Town Hall Square on Friday (March 4) in support of Ukraine.

The announcement comes as pressure mounts on the Government to accept more refugees from the country.

The event will see speeches from Chester MP Chris Matheson, Mike Johnson from Chester’s City of Sanctuary group and members of the clergy from Chester Cathedral who will lead a short period of reflection and prayer, ‘for people of all religions and none’.

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Mr Matheson said: “This is an event for people from Chester to come together, to show our support for democracy and our opposition to Putin’s brutal dictatorship. It will also be a symbol of support for the brave Russian people who are defying Putin with demonstrations of their own.

Chris Matheson

“This invasion is an unprovoked and unjustifiable violation of international law. We must stand in complete solidarity with the Ukrainian people and as the humanitarian crisis unfolds, we must do what we can to support them.”

Talking to CheshireLive, Mr Matheson urged the government to do more to help those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.

He said: “I’ve had lots of emails, and people want Chester to play their part in supporting the Ukrainians seeking safe haven.

“The Government has got this one wrong. We shouldn’t be asking, for example, what somebody’s salary is before deciding if they can qualify for asylum.

“The Chester City of Sanctuary Group has long led the way in coordinating support for refugees, along with the churches in particular.

“I hope that the Government listens to the decency of the many people who want the Government’s situation to change.”

The event is open to everyone. It will take place in front of the Town Hall and people are invited to gather from 5.15pm on Friday 4th March, with speeches starting at 5:30pm.

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