Student strike enters dangerous phase #7

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Question: Is fascism something that only happens somewhere else?

Unionist

Yesterday, Jean Charest said he would assume his responsibilities and "restore order" in Québec. Shortly after, his education minister (who was also deputy premier) quit.

Last night, about 2,000 students and allies conducted their regular nightly demo. It went well, but later in the evening someone allegedly threw something at someone (or not), and the demo was declared illegal and dispersed - as usual.

This morning, so far:

1. Students demonstrating near Montréal's Jacques-Cartier bridge were dispersed by police. There have been 19 arrests so far, and police have said the demonstrators will be charged with "mischief" - a criminal charge.

2. Just now, picketers at the Collège Lionel-Groulx in Ste-Thérèse (just north of Montréal) had their picket lines declared as an "illegal assembly". The college has been ordered by the courts to resume classes, but cancelled classes yesterday to avoid problems.

3. A short while ago, a bus en route from Montréal to Ste-Thérèse was "intercepted" by provincial police and directed to their station in Laval. According to the SQ spokesperson, they were stopped so that police could check to see whether any of the passengers had "outstanding warrants" and to verify what their "intentions" were in travelling to Ste-Thérèse. When a CBC radio reporter just asked the SQ spokesperson whether people have a right to demonstrate - especially those that haven't happened yet - the reply was "yes, as long as the intentions of the participants are peaceful". When asked whether it had happened before, or was common practice, to intercept people to check their intentions and warrants, the spokesperson said it wasn't within his mandate to answer that question.

And it's only 8:39 am.

Caissa

So when does Charest ask Harper to declare the WMA?

Unionist

Caissa wrote:

So when does Charest ask Harper to declare the WMA?

You know, that's exactly what I was thinking... In fact, wasn't the WMA replaced by some other legislation way back when the October crisis took place - something that didn't have the word "war" in it, but allowed the same arrest and detention without warrant or charge provisions?

Anyway, some MSM links are starting to appear on this morning's events:

[url=http://www.montrealgazette.com/Student+protesters+again+focus+Th%C3%A9r%... protesters target Jacques Cartier Bridge, CEGEP in Ste. Thérèse [/url]

Above: students blocking entry to Collège Ste-Thérèse this morning, but events have unfolded in the past hour... Don't know if the cops have succeeded in breaking the lines yet.

Caissa

There used to be Aid to the Civil Power which was used to crush strikes in industrial Cape Breton back in the day.  I'm not sure exactly what legislative means are available at the moment for Federal governments to assist provincial governments. Then again who needs legislative authority anway. For how much longer will Mulcair and his trained seals remain quiet on this issue? (Of course, wiyth my apologies to trained seals.)

Unionist

Just to remind everyone of yesterday's events, which were overshadowed in the MSM by the departure of Beauchamp. The video report here gives a vivid picture, including of the attacks on students by riot cops (pepper spray, tear gas) right in front of their school where they were peacefully protesting.

[url=http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/SQ%20riot%20cops%20called%20to%20Ste... Gazette[/url]

Events are changing so quickly that the headline on this report mixes up this morning's events with yesterday's.

Meanwhile, the Collège Ste-Thérèse pickets are still continuing, in a "stand-off" with cops, who have read the official warning three times that this is an "illegal gathering". SQ riot cops are standing ready to be called in. There are teachers and parents on site as well.

For non-Quebecers, just a reminder that these are mostly teenagers, equivalent of Grade 12 and 13.

 

Slumberjack

The police have become so militarized during the last 40 years that the army itself needn't be employed directly against demonstrators, at least not to this point, unless of course the demonstrators are First Nations in which case all brute force options always remain visible and on the table.  A declaration of martial law at the national level is quite unnecessary as well, unlike the Trudeau era where a skit was produced from arousing the entire country.  Nowadays overt repression is better contained to localized specificities as much as possible, in order to maintain the usual state of pacifity everywhere else.  G20 demonstrated that any zone, radius or street anywhere in the country can be administered under the auspices of a total dictatorial police state on a moment's notice.  When this occurs, it only highlights the fact that all other areas outside of those zones exist under the illusion of freedom at best, like an inmate on a temporary day pass.

Unionist

SJ, I respect you as you know, but you're totally missing the point. The WMA isn't about using the army. They can use the army to assist local authorities any time they please. They don't need to declare anything. They do it all the time.

The point is arrest and detention without warrant or charge. It's about declaring simple membership in an organization "unlawful" - like, say, for example, CLASSE. It's about fascist repression, not about which instrument is used. Doesn't matter if the arrests are made by municipal or provincial or federal or military or "deputized" peace officers.

Here's what the old WMA allowed the federal cabinet to do, so long as there was an "apprehended insurrection" or war etc.:

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(a) censorship and the control and suppression of publications, writings, maps, plans, photographs, communications and means of communication;
(b) arrest, detention, exclusion and deportation;
(c) control of the harbours, ports and territorial waters of Canada and the movements of vessels;
(d) transportation by land, air, or water and the control of the transport of persons and things;
(e) trading, exportation, importation, production and manufacture;
(f) appropriation, control, forfeiture and disposition of property and of the use thereof.

End of thread drift.

cco

Unionist wrote:
In fact, wasn't the WMA replaced by some other legislation way back when the October crisis took place - something that didn't have the word "war" in it, but allowed the same arrest and detention without warrant or charge provisions?

The [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergencies_Act]Emergencies Act[/url] of 1988.

Slumberjack

Unionist wrote:
For non-Quebecers, just a reminder that these are mostly teenagers, equivalent of Grade 12 and 13. 

I know if it were my Grade 12 kid downtown here facing off against cops, solely as a result of trying to imagine a better life and future than the one being prepared for all students these days, I'd have to be there as well.  I'd like to think that most of parents in this small city would be as well, and that the government and their police would do well to think twice about unleashing its violence.

Slumberjack

Unionist wrote:
It's about fascist repression, not about which instrument is used. Doesn't matter if the arrests are made by municipal or provincial or federal or military or "deputized" peace officers.

I didn't bring up the WMA actually.  I said it was quite unnecessary to do so nowadays.  This thread is about a new phase, which in the historical context of state repression from one end of the country to the other, is really just an old phase being dusted off, meaning that everything is permitted to the state in whatever configuration it deems necessary.  I respect you as well Unionist, but you might think about stopping with the old warhorse routine, where no one is allowed to talk about war in his presence because he's the only legitimate voice.

Unionist

Fer crissakes, SJ, all I said was that this has nothing to do with the army. No one is talking about using the army, the WMA wasn't about the army, I just wanted to move on from that misapprehension, but it appears that we can't do so because now it's about me and my posting style. There have been hundreds of posts here, informing people about the student strike, something the MSM outside Québec is not doing - and trying to mobilize a little bit of support for that. Can't we please just carry on doing that? I can't force anyone to. I'm not a mod. It's just a request. Doesn't prevent a separate thread being opened about meta-issues of the law and the police and methods of repression. I just don't want these threads to go to hell, as they started to do when certain babblers starting debating whether the student movement was just a false-flag conspiracy to shield the Liberal govt from charges of corruption...

[url=http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/dossiers/conflit-etudiant/201205/15/01... riot thugs are tear-gassing students, right now, at Collège Lionel-Groulx[/url]

A photo taken moments ago:

 

Unionist

Here's a live feed from Collège Lionel-Groulx:

http://t.co/Bzuo3oGR

ETA: Whoa, it just went offline. But you can find "recent videos" at the bottom of the page.

 

Unionist

[url=http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/22604066]Here's a video[/url] of the events about an hour ago. The protestors are shouting, "Annulez les cours!" ("Cancel classes!"). Shortly after, at about 9:30, riot cops used pepper spray, tear gas, and stun grenades to disperse the hundreds present. Demonstrators are still there watching cops, but not sure about whether anyone has gone inside yet.

 

Unionist

Oooooo... Power Corporation is holding its shareholders' meeting at the Hôtel Intercontinental this morning (in Old Montréal), and some demonstrators are apparently gathering outside... Luckily, the cops are ready - just finished dancing a hora in preparation.

Did I mention that I love social media?

 

Caissa

Looks more like the hokey-pokey.

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The network of womens' centres in Quebec has gone on a one day strike in solidarity with the student movement. 45 centres are participating across the province. Along with a group of social workers in the working class neighbourhood of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, social workers and artists seem to be the only sectors answering CLASSE's call for a social strike today.

 

Partout au Québec, des centres de femmes sont en grève dans la rue

MONTRÉAL, le 14 mai 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Le mardi 15 mai 2012, L'R des centres de femmes du Québec fait la grève sociale et plusieurs de ses membres réalisent des actions politiques, en appui au mouvement étudiant, en faveur de l'accessibilité universelle aux services publics et contre la répression policière.

Actions partout au Québec
Des centres de femmes, dont 45 en grève, seront en action dans 13 régions du Québec, le mardi 15 mai 2012. Par exemple, en Abitibi, les centres de femmes feront du piquetage et une action « tannante ». Dans le Bas-Saint-Laurent, les centres de femmes feront une action symbolique à Rivière-du-Loup, dans le cadre d'un piquetage devant le bureau du député libéral de la circonscription, Jean D'Amours.  D'autres actions auront lieu à Montréal, à Québec, à Gatineau et ailleurs....

http://www.newswire.ca/fr/story/974317/partout-au-quebec-des-centres-de-...

Unionist

About 200 demonstrators (pro-student plus anti-poverty groups) in front of the Intercontinental Hotel - riot police are there, some cops on horseback, much celebration, no arrests yet.

Hey Power Corporation: Look outside, the Power is in the street!

Unionist

At [url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/05/15/student-protest-...

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Parents of some of the students watched on in tears as the officers, dressed in heavy tactical gear, moved toward the campus.

 

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It is my view of mass protests that face police states that it is the mothers that are always the key to any successes.  When the mothers come out in the streets to lead the marches, the bad boys and girls in the police ranks hardly ever riot. Egypt is a good example as are Chile, Argentina and Venezuela.

The students will soon find out whether their parents will allow them to be mowed down in the streets with tear gas and rubber bullets or whether they will say enough is enough I will stand with them.

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kropotkin1951 wrote:

The students will soon find out whether their parents will allow them to be mowed down in the streets with tear gas and rubber bullets or whether they will say enough is enough I will stand with them.

That's probably the best way without a doubt to shame Charest.

Unionist

At Collège Lionel-Groulx:

The 53 students covered by injunctions apparently have gone in to the building. But the teachers so far have refused to enter. The administration is talking to the teachers, trying to convince those whose classes are covered by the injunction to go in and make contact with the students, if not to actually start the classes. So far, teachers have refused to have their ranks split. They are expressing shock about the brutal police tactics of this morning.

 

Unionist

The scene outside the Power Corp shareholders' meeting this morning:

Some of the demonstrators left the scene and starting marching down the Autoroute Ville-Marie (a freeway running underneath downtown Montréal) - police have been trying to disperse them, some arrests made:

NorthReport

Tks for all the great pics, which often say a thousand words Unionist.

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CBC and CTV have had intermittent live coverage of the student demos for the past few hours, one CTV reporter called the actions of the police "excessively brutal". I wonder if that person will still have a job by the end of the day.

Unionist

Like every Nazi and fascist in history, the Liberal government, in preparation for more brutal and violent crackdowns, is blaming "Marxists" and "anti-capitalists" for all their problems. The savagery of their rhetoric is increasing by the minute.

[url=http://www.cjad.com/CJADLocalNews/entry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10383584]Liberals harden tone[/url]

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"Enough is enough. And we've had enough. And the population of Montreal has had enough," says Raymond Bachand.

The Finance minister says fringe radical groups are trying to destabilize the economy. "They're anti-capitalists. They're Marxists. They use intimidation tactics in front of schools and in the city of Montreal and patience has limits."

 

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LE RABBIT CREW CALL OUT Jean Charest!!!! (le vrai vidéo)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnGoi5g4NTc&feature=relmfu

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Michelle Courchesne convoque les acteurs du conflit étudiant

La nouvelle ministre de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, Michelle Courchesne, convoque les représentants des associations étudiantes et les dirigeants des cégeps et des universités pour une rencontre mardi. Deux rencontres auront lieux. Mme Courchesne se réunira avec les représentants des quatre associations étudiantes puis avec les représentants de la Fédération des cégeps du Québec et de la Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec (CRÉPUQ)....

http://journalmetro.com/actualites/national/73149/michelle-courchesne-co...

google translate:

The new Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Michelle Courchesne, summon the representatives of student associations and leaders of colleges and universities for a meeting Tuesday. Two meetings will take place. Ms. Courchesne will meet with representatives of the four student associations and with representatives of the Federation of Quebec CEGEPs and the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities (CREPUQ).

Unionist

Another victory - one day at a time!

[url=http://metronews.ca/news/canada/224806/riot-cops-open-school-staff-shuts... cops open school [Lionel-Groulx], staff shuts it down[/url]

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The courtrooms can force Quebec’s schools to reopen, and police can force them to let students in.

But nobody can force teachers to teach. [...]

A recent court injunction ordered the reopening of College Lionel-Groulx near Montreal. After several days of student pickets, which included some parents and teachers who wanted to support the declared strikers, riot police used chemical irritants to clear a path into the school today.

Some students, along with faculty, eventually entered.

But a few hours later, after staff meetings, the college issued a statement: Lionel-Groulx will remain closed for two more days, on Wednesday and Thursday.

The statement cites only a brief explanation — that it’s become impossible to teach classes regularly. It does not say whether the school will reopen Friday, the day that a new injunction comes into effect.

6079_Smith_W

Unionist wrote:

Like every Nazi and fascist in history, the Liberal government, in preparation for more brutal and violent crackdowns, is blaming "Marxists" and "anti-capitalists" for all their problems. The savagery of their rhetoric is increasing by the minute.

Unbelievable. Who do they think is going to believe contrived nonsense like that?

 

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New Ultimatum newspaper !

Here is the new CLASSE newspaper. You can find articles and information about tuition hikes, previous student strikes and other important issues.

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6079_Smith_W wrote:

Unbelievable. Who do they think is going to believe contrived nonsense like that?

That type of language was enough to get the Ontario and federal governments a free pass on the G8/G20 police state tactics.  Where was the outcry over the anarchists they jailed for months, for the crime of organizing a protest? Manufacturing consent is a complicated process and just because you don't believe the lies they are proffering doesn't mean that a large number of your neighbors might not be sucked in. Just say Black Bloc and you get many jumping the shark to terrorist even on this board let alone in the MSM.

cco


On the plus side, the SPVM's new Cylon horses appear to be working out well.

6079_Smith_W

Gee, kropotkin, maybe you should have turned on The National. I wouldn't say they exactly got a free pass. 

And I asked the question because I might expect accusations of Marxist or anti-capitalist from our federal government, and i might expect it to sell in places like Calgary or even Toronto. I am a little surprised to hear it from the Quebec government. And I don't mean it as a slight on the political culture there. I am honestly surprised that Charest would play those cards. 

Is that the best they can do?

 

Unionist

The meeting has begun between newly-named minister of education Michelle Courchesne and the representatives of (above, l to r) CLASSE, FEUQ, FECQ, and (not shown) TACEQ.

The buzz is that if no agreement is reached, the Liberal government will introduce some kind of special legislation. No one knows what it would look like or how it could be more binding than court injunctions.

If someone has heard more than I have, please speak up!

 

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À l'aube d'une nouvelle ronde de discussion, la FEUQ tient à faire le point sur les derniers évènements

http://www.newswire.ca/fr/story/975291/a-l-aube-d-une-nouvelle-ronde-de-...

google translate:

At the dawn of a new round of discussion, the FEUQ is to take stock of recent events

QUEBEC CITY, May 15, 2012 / PRNewswire-FirstCall / - First, the Quebec Federation of University Students (FEUQ) reacted positively to the possibility of open dialogue that involves the appointment of Michelle Courchesne as Minister of Education , Recreation and Sport, replacing Ms. Line Beauchamp, MP who resigned yesterday. Indeed, several times in the past, the FEUQ noted the constructive attitude of Madame Courchesne at the last bargaining blitz and she hopes to work on developing a crisis win-win. As she demonstrated in the past, the Federation is in solution, as the occasion of the meeting of May 5, 2012, and able to compromise: "The government was very aware of the fragility of the offer that we accept to submit to our members after 22 hours of negotiations. We had agreed to talk about student contribution instead of tuition, to make a bet where we are committed to finding savings in the poor management of universities. That students have never had water in their wine comes to renounce their work and to deny the legitimacy of their claims, "says Martine Desjardins, president of the FEUQ.

Moreover, the FEUQ adds that she never wanted the departure of Ms. Beauchamp, and had denoted a new openness on the part of the Minister at the meeting that preceded the telephone announcement of his resignation. "We are fighting for a society in which everyone can have access to university, regardless of socio-economic environment in which it arises. This calls for a freeze on tuition fees, not by the resignation of a minister, "says Desjardins.

FEUQ would also return to the words of Mrs. Beauchamp when he resigned as Minister of Education of the Liberal government of Jean Charest on the fact that students have refused a moratorium on rising tuition. "This is completely false, it is ourselves who had brought this option at the previous meeting. However, the Charest government refused from the beginning to consider a moratorium, a word that seems allergic to the Liberals, "says the president of the FEUQ.

In closing, the FEUQ wants the meeting to be held at 18 am in Quebec between the Minister Courchesne and representatives of student organizations to be successful and allow real discussion on the core problem: rising tuition fees. "While the resignation of Mrs. Little, members of the Charest government has made many statements bordering on laconic threat, some taking a" hard line "fuzzy and disturbing, we remain confident that we can address issues of funding, as everything will be on the table and we will not see a repeat of past meetings, "says Martine Desjardins.

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Jean Charest doit participer à la rencontre avec les étudiants, dit Pauline Marois

http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2012/05/15/002-marois-ren...

google translate:

Jean Charest doit participer à la rencontre avec les étudiants, dit Pauline Marois

The Parti Quebecois and the Future Coalition (CAQ) both made ​​their requests to the Charest government over the planned meeting tonight between the new Education Minister Michelle Courchesne, and student leaders. Both teams urging Premier Jean Charest to take part in the interview, but the guidelines they put forward are very different, however.

The Prime Minister must "engage in genuine negotiation where everyone will be win-win", launched during a press briefing the official opposition leader, Pauline Marois, wearing his red square. "This is the Prime Minister to find a way out of crisis," she argued.

Immediately appointed yesterday's successor Beauchamp summoned the leaders of the Coalition off the Association for Student Labor Solidarity (CLASS), the Quebec Federation of University Students (FEUQ), the Quebec Federation of College Students (FECQ) and the Table de concertation du Québec student (TaCEQ) in Quebec.

In the afternoon, Mrs. Courchesne would also meet with leaders of the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities (CREPUQ) and the Federation of CEGEPs.
"We need [Jean Charest] restores calm and social peace in Quebec and is a crisis. "- Pauline Marois

"There would not have such a conflict if I had been Prime Minister of Quebec," she said, criticizing "government failed" and a "steep increase". Deploring the tension that marks a conflict now in its 14th week, she called the situation "mess" and "disastrous situation" and it was imperative to "break the deadlock."....

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Companies must do their part, said QS

Coporte the voice of QS, Amir Khadir, has also addressed the media to share their solutions, indicating that he must have a telephone conversation with Minister Courchesne before the end of the afternoon.

To improve the funding of universities, it is possible to "find smarter ways" that rising tuition fees proposed by the government, he argued.
"There is no dishonor in being attentive to his youth. "- Amir Khadir

"The government has the flexibility to suspend the increase in tuition by everyone to contribute its fair share. And everyone, it must include businesses, including banks and financial firms, "he argued. Referring to the net profits of 66 miliards they have completed between 2006 and 2010, he proposed to reinstate the tax credit for financial firms.

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Week 14: Still In The Streets

plus video

New Education Minister, More Protests

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No Independent Inquiry Into Victoriaville: SQ

The Sécurité du Québec announced it will not have an independent inquiry into the event of the Victoriaville riots, despite numerous calls from the public and even political figures, including Quebec Solidaire MNA Amir Khadir.

Amnesty International called for an inquiry on May 14 citing the “number of people injured, the repeated use of irritant gas,” and the “high number of arrests and their circumstances.” The human rights organization cites the March 25th demonstration and the SQ intervention on May 4th

Power Corps Annual Shareholder Meeting Disturbed

Approximately 200 protesters gathered around 10 a.m. at the Intercontinental Hotel in Montreal on May 15th to disrupt Power Corporation of Canada’s annual shareholder meeting.

The first clashes happened after 30 minutes when protesters approached police officers blocking access to the hotel. Police used pepper-spray on the crowd before deploying riot police, mounted police, and police on bicycles to form three separate lines of defence against the advancing group.

The protesters soon left, marching to Jacques Cartier bridge. They momentarily blocked access to the Ville-Marie expressway before returning to the Intercontinental hotel.

Citing physical altercations between students and bystanders, the SPVM declared the demonstration illegal around 2pm.

Police in riot gear then dispersed the students.

At press time the SPVM confirmed 2 arrests had been made.

#Manifencours

Following the March 22nd demonstration where between 100,000 and 200,000 students marched through downtown Montreal, a new march is scheduled for May 22nd.

At press time more than 7,000 people indicated their attendance to the event.

As nightly student demonstration is now becoming a tradition, the 22nd consecutive march is scheduled to kick off at 8:30pm, Parc Emile Gamelin on May 15.

http://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/2996#.T7L3c2TY5N4.facebook

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Les leaders étudiants plutôt satisfaits des discussions

http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/dossiers/conflit-etudiant/201205/15/01...

google translation:

Student leaders rather satisfied with the discussions

Leaders of student organizations were rather satisfied with the tone of discussions at their meeting with the new Education Minister Michelle Courchesne, they leave a meeting that lasted just over an hour on Tuesday night in Quebec.

For her part, Ms. Courchesne did not comment and report on the state of affairs to the Cabinet and Premier Jean Charest on Wednesday.

The president of the Quebec Federation of College Students (FECQ), Leo Bureau-Blouin, spoke of a "relatively short meeting," during which Ms. Courchesne has "listened to what (associations) had to say."

He spoke of "consensus positions" of student organizations that will be reported to Cabinet.

The president of the Quebec Federation of University Students (FEUQ), Martine Desjardins, added to his side that the idea of ​​a moratorium was back on the table. She added that the "channels remain open," and stated that the representatives would remain in Quebec City to follow everything.

Commenting to the media shortly after his two colleagues, the spokesman for the Coalition off the Association for Student Labor Solidarity (CLASS), Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, said at the outset that the CLASS emerged "relatively satisfied" with these discussions "actually quite cordial."

The spokesman added that "some channels" were "opportunities" by the new minister, citing "disagreements" and "misunderstandings" with (former minister) Beauchamp.

Mr. Nadeau-Dubois said he received assurances of being "contacted" by Mrs. Courchesne after the Cabinet meeting.

Coporte his voice, Jeanne Reynolds, said that Ms. Courchesne had recognized that injunctions for the resumption of classes were not the "solution to resolve" the conflict.

Furthermore, she stated that CLASS had been "reassured" about the threat of a special law to end the conflict.

All leaders have indicated that there had been no "formal bid" of the Minister.

Although it is late, the Charest government said in the day aside for now the possibility to cancel the session in CEGEPs paralyzed by the student boycott.

Within hours of meeting with leaders of the four student associations - FEUQ, FECQ, and TACEQ CLASS - Tuesday, Minister Michelle Courchesne said wanted to "save session" so that graduates can enter college in September .

As time passes and the boycott continues, the hypothesis of a cancellation of the session is increasingly raised in student circles. But "at this stage", this possibility is not included in the portfolios of government, stressed the Minister.

"I do not register in a scenario of a cancellation, I am part of a scenario where these sessions will be saved," she said during question period Tuesday in the National Assembly.

Before meeting with student leaders, Mrs. Courchesne was to meet with leaders of colleges as well as with university presidents to discuss a development schedule for completing the school year.

The government will then take the "necessary decisions", said Mrs. Courchesne, without giving further details.

Unionist

Among the 21 persons arrested this morning at the Jacques-Cartier bridge was Yalda Machouf-Khadir, daughter of Québec Solidaire co-spokesperson Amir Khadir. I don't know whether she is still being detained.

 

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The galling CBC coverage continues, decrying "violent" protests (sic) and offering the fact that 19 people were arrested as evidence for the former.

I was heartened to hear that parents and teachers stood between the students and the fascist riot police for a spell, and to hear the principal of the school castigate Charest et al. for putting her in a position where she had to call the police on her own students or put her employment in jeopardy.

cco

I believe RDI said she was being held at least overnight pending a court appearance, unionist.

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REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

One of Canada’s wealthiest and most politically connected families has come under attack as the force and rhetoric of Quebec’s student protests move from the streets into corporate shareholder meetings.

The Desmarais clan, which controls Power Corp., was the target Tuesday of angry demonstrators gathered in Old Montreal outside a hotel where the company’s annual general meeting was taking place.

A line of police in riot gear guarded the hotel’s main entrance while protesters chanted in French: “We must fight the thieves in ties” and “Your wealth is our poverty.”

Power Corp CEO Paul Desmarais Jr. (R) walks past police officers, on his way to the company's annual general meeting

 

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Thanks everyone for all the updates. We're sll good.

Unionist

UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal), located in downtown Montréal, has been shut down for weeks. Some law faculty students obtained an injunction allowing them to return to class this morning.

At about 9:30 am, hundreds of demonstrators entered the Judith-Jasmin pavilion. Police were called. CLASSE announced via Twitter that the law classes had been cancelled. UQAM administration has denied this, saying they're still sorting out which classes will be able to resume. The demontrators left about 10:20 am to continue marching through downtown streets, heading west on de Maisonneuve.

A rally has also been called for 1 pm in front of Charest's Montréal office, at McGill College and Sherbrooke.

And there's lots of other activity surrounding the (mostly unsuccessful) attempts of various colleges to reopen for some classes.

I'm just waiting for bad news from Charest, after last night's supposedly productive meeting between Michelle Courchesne and student leaders, where all that happened was that they made proposals and brainstormed ideas and she smiled and took notes.

 

Unionist

La Presse says Charest's special back-to-class legislation is already drafted and will be tabled this week. It will ban pickets that block entrance to classes anywhere (by contrast with the many injunctions to date, which are very specific to particular institutions, individuals, etc., and which don't deny the right of assembly). There will be fines for individual violators (hundreds of dollars) and for student associations (thousands) per "infraction".

Despite the incomprehensible upbeat impressions of the student reps last night, Michelle Courchesne has now spoken publicly, saying that the meeting confirmed that the students have hardened their stand, and that no compromise is possible. Big big surprise. She's reporting this to cabinet today, and that will pave the way for Charest's cavalry to ride to the rescue of the poor law students and others that just want to get on with their education, irrespective of the cost to others.

This will end badly, unless students and their allies work out a way to snatch a victory, even a small one, from the situation. Already, the massive defiance and mobilization of the past months is a historic accomplishment that will mark this generation and the progressive movement here as a whole. It's vital that it should not go down in history, however, as: "What's the point, we fought, but we lost." I don't know how this will all play out, but obviously we need broader and more active alliances, otherwise even the most militant and self-sacrificing sections of the movement can be taken on by the state one at a time.

NDPP

kropotkin1951 wrote:

6079_Smith_W wrote:

Unbelievable. Who do they think is going to believe contrived nonsense like that?

That type of language was enough to get the Ontario and federal governments a free pass on the G8/G20 police state tactics.  Where was the outcry over the anarchists they jailed for months, for the crime of organizing a protest? Manufacturing consent is a complicated process and just because you don't believe the lies they are proffering doesn't mean that a large number of your neighbors might not be sucked in. Just say Black Bloc and you get many jumping the shark to terrorist even on this board let alone in the MSM.

NDPP

but even Gerry Mcneilly's nuanced report, now being announced in Toronto on CP24 paints another ugly picture of straight on fascist jackboot policing - simultaneous to the ongoing repetition of this phenomenon in Quebec. Clearly this isn't going to go away and it is high time for any and all who 'get it' to get off their asses and take action. En route to the paltry NAKBA & Prisoners' protest yesterday I noticed more than a few posters announcing student leaders coming to speak in Toronto. Hope this recieves all the attention it deserves and thanks to those transmitting this news. The complete G20 report is here: this is drift but related

http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120516/120516_g20_report/...

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Unionist wrote:
This will end badly, unless students and their allies work out a way to snatch a victory, even a small one, from the situation. Already, the massive defiance and mobilization of the past months is a historic accomplishment that will mark this generation and the progressive movement here as a whole. It's vital that it should not go down in history, however, as: "What's the point, we fought, but we lost." I don't know how this will all play out, but obviously we need broader and more active alliances, otherwise even the most militant and self-sacrificing sections of the movement can be taken on by the state one at a time.

By victory, I'm assuming you mean some sort of negotiated settlement in terms of tuition or some related item? Do you have a suspicion of what we'll see or some idea as to what you'd like to see the students angle for? Because you're right: I think the demonstration is already a "victory" and I wonder what kind of contract "victory" could be used as a symbol of the former's success other than total or near-total capitualtion by the government, which appears unlikely. Aren't the students better off using the movement itself as its symbol, noting that (if Charest succeeds in crushing this movement with draconian policies and force) this battle is suspended, but la lutte continue?

Caissa

The Globe's coverage of this morning's incident at UQAM follows:

 

Protesters stormed into a university, many of them with their faces covered by masks, and worked through the hallways Wednesday on the hunt for classes to disrupt.

The protesters were enforcing their declared strikes, and resented the fact that some students have used legal injunctions to return to school.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/protesters-storm-mo...

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