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Student strike against tuition hike #2

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Gotta get a new thread ready for tomorrow!


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Fidel
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Denise Savoie, 2011 wrote:
"For a full decade since the Liberals gutted federal transfers, Canada's post-secondary community has been forced to choose between accessibility and quality," said Savoie. "For students, it's meant unaffordable tuition, overflowing class sizes, deteriorating resources, and increasingly corporate campuses."

Federal transfers for post-secondary education, as a percentage of GDP, have fallen by two-thirds since the beginning of the Mulroney government, and by one-half since the start of the last Liberal regime in 1993. Correspondingly, average undergraduate tuition has tripled since 1990-91, and students in Nova Scotia pay over three times as much in tuition as students in Quebec.

We need guaranteed federal funding for post-secondary ed not cutbacks, corporate campuses nor "starve the beast" neoconservatism in Ottawa.


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Jacques-Yvan Morin, former vice prime minister and minister of Education in the René Lévesque government, supports the student movement and advocates for a tuition freeze.

I'm also happy (and surprised, as a former law student...) to see that all the law students associations in Quebec, through their Confederation, have made it known that they unanimously oppose the tuition fees hike.

And now: manif!


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..beautiful day in montreal. seen one guy without a shirt and lots of sunshine.
Les étudiants manifestent dans l'est de Montréal

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Blocage du port, repli, nouveau blocage du port. C'est à un véritable jeu du chat et de la souris qu'ont été invités les policiers par les étudiants ce matin à Montréal.

La Coalition large de l'association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (CLASSE) avait promis hier une action de «perturbation économique» pour ce matin, avant la grande manifestation de l'après-midi. Ils ont tenu parole, et c'est le port qu'ils ont choisi comme cible....

http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/education/201203/22/0...


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Back from the manif.

It was fantastic: great energy, huge crowd. Apparently, the crowd extended across something like 50 street corners. Organizers' estimation is that we were 200 000. I don't know how accurate that number is, but I know it was a massive, massive crowd. Breaking most (all...? who knows...) historic records.

A couple of pics:

 

 


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My feet are killing me.

This was the biggest demo of my life. And that's saying something.

I was with the union contingent (CSN, FTQ, CSQ, etc.). It was utterly impossible to get a sense of the entire demo, not least of all because half of us marched east down Ste-Catherine and the other half down Sherbrooke!

Montréal wasn't big enough to contain us!

And these young people are on fire.

I'll see if I can post my own photos somewhere. First, food and drink. And something for my feet!

 


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Incredible. Bravo aux étudiants de Québec!

Sometimes I believe a better world is possible. I wish I could have been there!

(As it was, I was trying to mobilize my Teaching Assistant Union to a strike vote--let's say I had more trouble than the students of Quebec appear to have had.)


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Nova Scotia Students in Solidarity with Striking Quebec Students


http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.327392777309707.69823.182121888503464&type=3



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Day of Action March 22, 2012 ..some pics
Over 200,000 Keep Things Peaceful Marching Against Tuition Hikes

Over 200,000 people flooded downtown Montreal on March 22 as part of a national demonstration against impending tuition hikes, paralyzing upwards of 50 city blocks throughout the afternoon....

http://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/2878

 


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It rained for about 15 minutes in mid-march - but none of the thunderstorms which had been predicted.

Undaunted, a group of female students near our delegation started chanting:

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"La pluie! La pluie! La pluie nous appuie!"

Even the elements shall conspire to ensure our victory.

Today, everyone was a student!

 


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"La pluie! La pluie! La pluie nous appuie!"

Smile

 


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Some other slogans seen or heard yesterday:

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"Je penses, donc je m'endette!"

"Cogito ergo $um!"

"Sorry for the inconvenience, we are trying to change the world!"

"Chomsky opposes the hike!"

And countless others, home-made with loving care.

And every so often, in spreading waves of volume, hundreds shouting in unison:

Crions plus fort, pour que personne ne nous ignore!

No one was ignoring us yesterday.

 


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Le Devoir had a great front page today—love the headline, and there was this very nice chronicle by Jean-François Nadeau:

La Presse also had the apposite front page for the circumstances (of course, they had to go with the smaller number, but eh...):

 

I thought to myself, "Surely the main papers in the ROC will feature if not a front-page story, at least a prominent one, for one of the largest demonstrations in Quebec history...?"

I don't have access to actual front pages of these papers at the moment, but a glance at the Globe and Mail and the Star's websites seems to indicate that only was this not featured as a prominent story, it seems like this isn't even covered at all...

ETA: holy crap, I just saw the front page of the Empire's newspaper. Pathetic. I won't soil this thread by displaying it here.


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Bärlüer wrote:

ETA: holy crap, I just saw the front page of the Empire's newspaper. Pathetic. I won't soil this thread by displaying it here.

I can't tell you how much I wish you hadn't posted that link! I might have carried on my life in blissful ignorance of the depths to which these characters can sink. I've adjusted your link accordingly.

BTW, did your part of the demo march along Sherbrooke or Ste-Catherine (like mine)??

ETA: And yeah, Nadeau's chronique captured the spirit of the day and the city quite well.

 


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At first on Ste-Catherine (up till Peel, IIRC...?), then on Sherbrooke.

(And sorry about that link... I myself wish I hadn't been subjected to it...)


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..txs unionist!


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Quebec student union CLASSE plans week-long actions to disrupt economy, Quebec government

Translated by Linchpin.ca

March 22, the beginning of a long fight

March 22nd is often seen as the climax of our strike. With more than 300,000 strikers and a massive demonstration, we can for sure say that March 22 is of crucial importance. Nevertheless this day is not the last chapter in our struggle. On the contrary, March 22 is the catalyst of a long fight against the government.

If the government continues to ignore us after this day in the face of the largest student strike in the history of Quebec, we will not have any other choice but to significantly step up the pressure. This is why CLASSE is calling for a week of actions disrupting the economy and the State from March 26 to March 30. The March 22 protest shows a general and significant support for our struggle. Now we have to show that each day that the government refuses to listen to us will be a day in hell for it. Across the province we will block the State's administrative centres, we will paralyze key points of the economy; we will disrupt, where ever we are, the interests of the political and economic elite. We will force the Charet government to back down by disrupting its ministries, its crown corporations and by disrupting the economic activity of major corporations and the movement of goods in the economy....

http://linchpin.ca/content/Education/Quebec-student-union-CLASSE-plans-w...


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I was at the family demo on Sunday, but couldn't attend the huge March 22nd one. Le Journal de Montréal, c'est de la marde.

The last huge demos I attended in Montréal were against the war on Iraq, in 2003. Bloody cold!

 

I also have a red fabric square hanging from my balcony.


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Thanks for finding that photo, epaulo!!

And hi, lagatta!

Now, just in case Bärlüer thinks he found the most disgusting page from the MSM, here is an editorial by the editorial page editor of the Calgary Herald. WARNING: Click at your own risk!!

Quebec students need lesson in equalization

My heartfelt apologies to all people of good taste and good manners.

 


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Bärlüer wrote:

Le Devoir had a great front page today—love the headline...

Here's an English translation of the lead article from today's Le Devoir.


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Quebec government, student protestors exchange warnings one day after big rally

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Students warned that they would target vulnerable ridings held by Jean Charest's Liberals while some even warned of gestures that might disrupt the economy.

Education Minister Line Beauchamp shot back with a warning of her own: get back to class, or there will be consequences. More than 200,000 students have been boycotting classes and staging frequent protests against tuition hikes.

"At this point, the students must understand that the biggest disturbance will be in their own lives," Beauchamp said in an interview with The Canadian Press. "Boycotting class will result in disrupting their lives. It could mean an extension of the session, makeup classes, possibly at night." [...]

One political scientist says that while low tuition is unsustainable, Charest likely underestimated the ferocity of the student opposition because young people do not usually vote in significant numbers.

"I think the assumption was that these people aren't going to vote — but suddenly these people are mobilizing," said Bruce Hicks, a political scientist at Montreal's Concordia University. "They're going to the streets, they're having demonstrations and they could actually vote.

"This could have a very negative effect on the Charest government," he said. "This would mean that the PQ would actually win the next election in Quebec."

 

 


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Richard Martineau is a notorious anti-student columnist for the Journal de Montréal. He delights in characterizing students as spoiled brats. Scores of demonstrators yesterday carried placards which displayed a simple black-and-white photo of him, with a red clown's nose attached. No comment required.

On March 20, Martineau tweeted as follows:

Richard Martineau wrote:
Vu sur une terrasse à Outremont: 5 étudiants avec carré rouge, mangeant, buvant de la sangria et parlant au cellulaire. La belle vie!

In reply, some genius set up this site, and invited the world to help Richard Martineau spy on students - using drop-down menus to create whistle-blowing tweets!

The custom tweets haven't stopped flowing since! And Martineau, of course, receives a copy of each one...

And here's a short piece describing the phenomenon:

When Richard Martineau spies on students - we need to help!


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« Celui qui combat peut perdre, mais celui qui ne combat pas a déjà perdu. »

http://vimeo.com/39051659


Pictures of solidarity from students around the world including places like Norway where students are paid to study.

http://jetudiela.wordpress.com/


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Amazing - carry on!

Student protests continue this week

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Buoyed by their huge protest march against tuition hikes in Montreal last week, striking students say they are about to start targeting Liberal MNAs.

Beginning Monday, students will visit voters in 10 ridings across Quebec where Liberal MNAs were narrowly elected in the 2008 provincial election. They want to persuade swing voters in those ridings to vote for another party in the next election.

[...]

Students have identified “scandals” involving the Liberals in each of the ridings, and will talk to voters about them, Bureau-Blouin said. Targeted ridings include Châteauguay, represented by Transport Minister Pierre Moreau, Laval-des-Rapides, whose MNA is junior finance minister Alain Paquet.

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Demonstrations are planned for March 27 in Montreal, Quebec City, St. Hyacinthe, St. Jean sur Richelieu and Laval, Bureau-Blouin said, with another scheduled for April 4 in Charest’s Sherbrooke riding.

In the next week planned strike activities on the island of Montreal include a parade through the downtown Montreal on March 29 and a “Tour de l’Île en rouge” with students on bicycles leaving from Lafontaine Park on April 1.


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Taipei, March 26th: Rally against Tuition Fees


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Professeure suspendue pour délit de solidarité

QUÉBEC - Liette Yergeau, professeure au Conservatoire de musique de Montréal (CMM), vient d’être suspendue deux jours, sans solde, de son travail après s’être montrée solidaire de ses étudiants en grève. Furieuse, sa hiérarchie juge qu’elle a manqué de « loyauté » envers l’institution scolaire....

http://www.journaldequebec.com/2012/03/26/professeure-suspendue-pour-delit-de-solidarite


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Des étudiants aspergés de gaz irritant dans le métro

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Plusieurs étudiants ont été incommodés par du gaz irritant lancé vers eux par la police, en pleine station de métro Jarry.

Environ 150 étudiants déambulaient dans les rues du quartier Villeray, après avoir occupé les bureaux de la Fédération des cégeps pendant près de deux heures....

http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/justice-et-faits-dive...

 

How Protest is Being Outlawed

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The message being sent may as well have been printed on official police stationary and distributed outside the court: in protest situations, police are never in the wrong. Meadows is among the most high profile of dozens of protesters who have been tried for serious public order offences over the past eighteen months. As emergency measures against public assembly and popular protest are passed in time for the Olympics, any political direct action more energetic than standing silently with a few signs in designated areas is becoming functionally illegal in Britain.

The narrative of public dissent is being rewritten with astonishing speed. As police continue to crack heads with impunity, peaceful protesters are handed down harsh deterrent charges. Ten defendants in the Fortnum and Mason trial were recently given six-month suspended sentences for aggravated trespass, essentially for standing around in a grocery shop with some leaflets. I was there at the time, and the worst I saw was some slogans against corporate tax avoidance being carefully wrapped on printed ticker-tape around large stacks of Earl Grey tea. For those swept up in last year's riots, meanwhile, there hasn't been a crumb of mercy. As I write, teenagers are still in prison for creating Facebook events.....

http://www.zcommunications.org/how-protest-is-being-outlawed-by-laurie-penny


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