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Student strike movement continues #6

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It's about way more than tuition fees now.


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Little fascists have always hated the youth. They can't control them. They can't predict what they'll do:

François Legault: Open schools with "whatever means necessary"

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Francois Legault says the province should take whatever means necessary to make sure that all schools are open, starting Monday morning, to students who want to attend class.

"The direction at CÉGÉPS and universities has to make sure that they have all the support necessary, including the support of police, to make sure that it happens in an orderly manner," says the CAQ leader.

 


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Manifestation pour le droit à l'éducation !

https://www.facebook.com/events/232620616844146/


google translate:

Demonstration for the right to education!
     Sunday, May 27, 2012
     2:00 pm Until 5:00 pm in UTC-04


Attention ***** the date may change because there is a manifestation of the same day FRAPRU *********

Against the arrogance and contempt for the government, let us unite once again to assert the right to education!

Sunday May 27 at 14 pm instead of Canada students invite the entire population in a demonstration to defend access to education.

Because we all want a better society.
Because the pricing does not help the construction of an egalitarian society.
Because our public services should remain public.
Because education is a right!

Overall, block the rise!


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 Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The inspiring and courageous strike by students across Québec against proposed tuition hikes is making clear that we live, study, and work in perilous times. By struggling and taking a stand for justice in the age of austerity and by taking to the streets in the hundreds of thousands, students in Québec have sparked a movement that is resonating with students around the world, from BC, to Tokyo, to Australia. Regardless of the outcome, students in Québec have put in motion a process that demands that we all find ways to work together, in our various capacities, to resist attacks on education and other important social services; this is about shifting the blame pattern upwards to politicians, capitalists, and those who defend and police their status quo.

As part of this process, now is clearly the time for workers to build stronger networks of solidarity with students. Thus, on 7 May 2012 the Executive of CUPE 3908, the union representing over 500 contract faculty and student-workers at Trent University, decided to donate $1000 to the Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante (ASSE) to assist with the strike and its costs for members. CUPE 3908 members are greatly inspired by the significant solidarity donations made to striking Quèbec students by the CAW, such fellow student-worker unions as CUPE 3902 (UofT) and CUPE 3906 (McMaster), and the Graduate Student Association at Trent. We encourage other workers and union locals to wear the red patch in solidarity with the strike and consider making a similar donation. There is power in our union!

In love and solidarity with the Quèbec student strike, from Peterborough, Anishinabe Territory,

Stephen Horner, President, on behalf of the Executive Committee

http://www.cupe3908.org/index.php?id=285


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Donation to ASSÉ from contract academic workers and grad students at McMaster University in Hamilton.


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The End of Nothing

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The government says they’ll strike a 19-member committee to find savings. Of those members, four will be students and four will be union reps. The others will be university directors, and business and government representatives.

That’s five parties trying to find solutions where two parties couldn’t. And at least three of those five are extensions of the corrupt and useless system we’ve spent over two years hounding for their incompetence and complete disregard for students. Many will be the same university directors who support the hike while collecting gold-plated pay-cheques and absconding with public money.

And what are “business representatives” doing on the council? Why do we care what the CEO of Pizza Pizza thinks of tuition? He’s only going to want it to go up so he isn’t threatened with higher taxes to pick up the slack.

So, on this body that’s supposed to help reduce fees for increasingly-indebted students, more than half of the voting members will be non-students.

This whole increase was to fund our poor, underfunded universities. This new deal would take money from those universities and give it directly to the government.

There’s nothing win-win about this trojan horse of a deal. We lose and universities lose more.

This strike has set the students back an extra $153 per year. They’re laughing at us.

By press time today, 25 student associations have voted against this trap of a deal. We would be wise to do the same. If not a freeze, we should at least ask for one more student rep and one more union rep on the committee. That would give us the majority we need to enact meaningful change.

Festival season starts soon, and the last thing the province wants in its largest city is clouds of tear gas engulfing the F1 and Jazz Fest crowds. The government doesn’t have the stamina nor the stomach to keep this up, but we do. If we keep protesting, peacefully and safely, we can get a better deal. After months of work, we’re this close to victory. Let’s not give up now.

http://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/2991


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..my highlight
Students reject offer, thousands march in night protest

MONTREAL - Students said they will protest every night in downtown Montreal until a tuition deal is reached and they continued to make good on that promise on Friday.

Thousands of students and their supporters marched through downtown Montreal in a night protest that was largely peaceful even though there were 35 arrests and some damage to property. Students have been protesting in Montreal at night all week.

Police declared the march illegal around 10 p.m., yet students and their supporters snaked through the streets of downtown Montreal and the Plateau district until 2 a.m.

Many protesters voiced their displeasure with Quebec Premier Jean Charest's latest offer, which he announced earlier in the day.

Students will be expected to pay $1,778 over seven years as opposed to $1,625 over five years as originally planned, Charest said Friday in Quebec City. The government will also add another $39 million for bursaries and said 50,000 students will have access to higher loans.

However, the offer was immediately denounced by student leaders who said it didn't respond to student demands. About 170,000 Quebec students are on strike. Student leaders say the proposed tuition increase makes university education more inaccessible and increases student debt.

Although several protests around Quebec have degenerated into violence over the past several weeks, Friday's march in Montreal was comparatively peaceful.

Masked protesters who tried to commit violence were roundly booed by fellow marchers. One masked man threw a rock at the doors of a bank in downtown Montreal. He was immediately surrounded by a group of protesters who jeered him.

They chanted "We stay, we stay, we will stay calm!"

The leaders of the three student federations told QMI Agency Friday that each member association will vote or debate the government's offer. A final decision on whether or not the strike will continue won't be known until next week, they said. However, all three leaders told QMI that they believe the offer will be roundly rejected by striking students.

More protests were scheduled for Saturday in Montreal and across the province.

http://www.lfpress.com/news/canada/2012/04/28/19691481.html


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Quebec solidaire MNA wants civilian probe of Victoriaville police-protesters fracas

QUEBEC - Amir Khadir, the Québec solidaire MNA, called Wednesday for an independent civilian review of police action during the Friday night riot in Victoriaville that led to three severe head injuries.

One student lost the use of his left eye, a woman student's jaw was shattered and a third student suffered a head injury when, they contend, they were struck by plastic or rubber bullets fired into the crowd outside the site of the Quebec Liberal Party's general council meeting last weekend.

The demonstration was organized to protest against the provincial Liberal government's plan to raise university tuition by $1,778 over a period of years.

Some demonstrators fired projectiles at riot police, who also suffered injuries but none as severe as those of the three students, Khadir said.

Police fired about 30 rubber bullets, Khadir said....

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Quebec+solidaire+wants+civilian+probe+Victoriaville+police+protesters+fracas/6591709/story.html#ixzz1uOLaXOn9

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NDP's policy on Quebec student unrest: more federal cash for education

MONTREAL - The leader of the federal NDP says his party's position on the student crisis rattling Quebec is perfectly clear: it wants more federal money for post-secondary education.

Tom Mulcair bristles at the suggestion that he's forbidden his younger members from taking sides in the dispute over tuition — a charge levelled at him by opponents in his home province, particularly those of the left-leaning sovereigntist variety.

Mulcair says his caucus is united and that young New Democrat MPs, some of whom were university students just last year, understand their new role as federal politicians.

And that role doesn't involve weighing in on Quebec provincial debates, Mulcair says, even if his party now holds the bulk of the province's seats and is seen as its voice in Ottawa.....

http://www.globalnews.ca/sports/canada/ndps+policy+on+quebec+student+unr...


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Tuition agreement doomed to fail, student votes indicate

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Voting results on the tentative agreement on increasing university tuition stand at 3,200 for – and 83,250 against.


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Montreal media: What it's like to cover Quebec's student strike

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Corporate media takes heat

For many protesters, the battle has grown from fighting tuition hikes into a broader fight for a new economic order – and corporate-owned media coverage has come under fire.

Santerre acknowledged that some protesters give him heat for working for La Presse, whose parent company is the corporate giant Power Corp.

The paper's chief editorialist André Pratte has come out in favour of the tuition increase.

Global’s Macdonald agreed there’s a challenge to covering the protests when you’re part of “big media”.

“There’s a sense that we can be targeted because we’re perceived to be the establishment,” she said. “Of course we don’t think we’re the establishment. We challenge the police… We try to tell everyone’s story.”

As Santerre points out though, Quebecor, one of Canada’s biggest media companies whose coverage is perceived to be anti-strike, may have the toughest time. At some marches, demonstrators have taken to chanting down the Quebecor-owned TV station TVA.

“Quebecor might have even have more challenge than us,” Santerre said. “They have columnists that are strongly against the student strike.”....

http://montreal.openfile.ca/montreal/text/montreal-media-what-its-cover-...


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Enfin le printemps !

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Festifs, joyeux mais déterminés, des dizaines de miliers de citoyens occupèrent les rues de Montréal le 14 avril 2012.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=k2Vtw3NVeQo#!

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Printemps québécois - Discours pour l'augure d'un temps nouveau

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HDfifMqMx9s#!


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May 7: Rally against Cuts at Sydney University

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-yC2orqQ0v8


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The body, the mind, and dissent

For many people, a picket line is the essence of a strike, without which a strike might as well not exist. What a picket line means, the shape that it takes, and the power that it holds will all vary depending on the moment, the place, the people, the cause. As we discovered during the student strike at Concordia (Montreal), it depends on the body as both a form of political expression but also a strategic tool.  This is echoed in our course readings on feminist geopolitics, such as Sara Koopman’s (2011) description of how the presence of privileged bodies beside those threatened by violent repression in Colombia creates opportunity for hopeful change.  Judith Butler (2011) discusses the prerequisite of the body in politics in the context of the Occupy movement.  Although I have experienced the almost surprising power of embodied politics during the strike, it is difficult to ignore the essential role of the mind in this process. During arguments with angry students, encounters with security, or mobilizing groups of strikers when scenarios suddenly change and next actions are unclear, an agile mind and an in-depth understanding of the situation at different scales is required –  not something that is possible for all bodies.  Additionally, the intellectual and emotional demands that accompany picketing can ultimately deter people from participating in picket lines.

From the first General Assemblies, Geography and Environment undergrads made clear that this strike must be “peopled” (to borrow from Koopman, p. 280).  Previous limited-term strikes at Concordia, such as the one-day strike on November 10, 2011, had felt like more of a ‘snow day’ than a protest and the students voting for an unlimited strike wanted to ensure this was not simply an excuse to stay home and watch TV. To some, demanding hard picket lines addressed this issue, but others found this to be too confrontational, potentially violent, and alienating to students who might not be comfortable participating in this way. To leave room for the entire range of expectations, the term used in the strike mandate was “active strike”.   What form this would take would depend on the participation of students, but largely this was determined by the strike organizing committee, which included myself.....

https://geoggingclub.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/the-body-the-mind-and-diss...


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Concordia Students Occupy President's Floor - April 2, 2012

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=b5UT_OnGwJI

Concordia students occupy the admin offices on the 15th floor of the John Molson School of Business building, demanding academic amnesty for striking students and the university to state their official position against proposed tuition hikes by the Charest government. After refusing to leave the hall outside Concordia President Frederick Lowy’s office, the President came out to speak with the crowd of students.
Read full article here: http://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/2943


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Update on the third day of voting: all general assemblies vote against the offer. Even colleges and campus not on strike took votes and voted against it.

Votes de grève/votes sur l’offre 9 mai

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Balanced budget unveiled

Despite a $4 million funding gap left by the province, the University of Regina has passed a balanced 2012-13 budget confirming tuition increases for most programs.

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Tuesday's budget set a four per-cent tuition rate increase for most undergraduate programs. However, students enrolled in undergraduate engineering and applied science, as well as business administration and most graduate programs will see a nine-per-cent tuition spike in September.

The rise reflects the current high demand for programs like engineering and applied science, as well as costs associated with maintaining laboratories, said university spokeswoman Barb Pollock.

http://www.leaderpost.com/business/Balanced+budget+unveiled/6589421/story.html#ixzz1uQy9JXi0

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SQ Investigation underway: violence at Victoriaville protest

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http://www.cbc.ca/quebecam/2012/05/09/medic-calls-for-inquiry-into-victoriaville-protest/

Five days have passed since the protests last Friday night outside the provincial Liberal general council meeting in Victoriaville. Details remain unclear about what happened in the confrontations between police and protestors. Several police and protesters were sent to hospital.

Scott Weinstein is a nurse based Montreal who volunteers at protests. He treated some of the injured in the aftermath of the violence, and tells us about what he saw.


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Almost the entire Métro system is paralysed this morning, because of "smoke". The MSM are hinting that this is a coordinated smoke bomb attack, such as on a previous occasion, and implying that the students are to blame.

Yesterday, the CAQ's motion to use police to bust up students' picket lines at schools and force a return to class was blocked through procedural means.

Why do I see both these events being aimed at the same target - smashing the students' movement by any means possible?

There can be little doubt now, after Victoriaville and some other actions, that there are saboteurs at work providing pretext and cover to the authorities. Students have managed in recent weeks to encircle and stop the "casseurs" (vandals). Whether they are directly acting as agents of the state, or just acting on their own brilliant belief that rocks and smoke will win the students' cause, it is clear that the state is stepping up its attacks - and one of them is a desperate attempt to drive a wedge in the student-worker alliance.

 


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The anti-student hysteria, predictably, begins:

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During the course of the three-month-old strike by Quebec students opposing university tuition increases, the métro system has been targeted by smoke bombs several times, although it is unclear if the sabotage is related to the student unrest.

That's called "journalism". It's also "unclear" whether the sabotage is the work of retired senators, but that angle isn't mentioned - perhaps because senators never retire...

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Many people affected by the subway stoppage, including transit operators, were quick to jump to that conclusion, however. One official making a service announcement about the disruptions to commuter train users said: "The students had fun this morning.”

Ha ha ha ha.

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Speaking to reporters in Quebec City, Public Security Minister Robert Dutil called the attacks on the Montreal métro system “unacceptable.”

He said the sabotage was clearly a “concerted action.”

Asking if he would characterize the incident as a terrorist act, Dutil said he wasn’t ready to make that call.

“I’m going to wait until I have more information, but now we have a situation that is really intolerable,” he said.

Preventive detention without charge of students? Why not? Western democracy is at stake.

Whoever these saboteurs are, and however much they're being paid, they clearly deserve much more. They may yet accomplish what the entire machinery of the State and the MSM have miserably failed to do.

 


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Today's student strike against university fee rises in Spain. Solidarity, lets all take to the streets m12-m15 for global change.



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Unionist wrote:

The anti-student hysteria, predictably, begins:

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During the course of the three-month-old strike by Quebec students opposing university tuition increases, the métro system has been targeted by smoke bombs several times, although it is unclear if the sabotage is related to the student unrest.

That's called "journalism". It's also "unclear" whether the sabotage is the work of retired senators, but that angle isn't mentioned - perhaps because senators never retire...

Which was exactly my reaction to your comment immediately above that one:

Unionist wrote:

Why do I see both these events being aimed at the same target - smashing the students' movement by any means possible?

I'm glad to see you are taking a more reflective viewpoint once you discover the MSM is agreeing with you.


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Montreal police have released images and descriptions of four suspects in the co-ordinated smoke bomb attack in the metro system at the height of rush hour this morning.

The photos, which police say were taken by citizens and witnesses, include shots of three young women riding together on the metro as well as shots of one young man.

All four suspects are described as around 25 years old.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/05/10/montreal-metro-s...


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Humm.......1o years in our crowded prisons for wearing a mask

 

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/conservative-mps-double-maximum-...


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Unionist wrote:
Why do I see both these events being aimed at the same target - smashing the students' movement by any means possible?  There can be little doubt now, after Victoriaville and some other actions, that there are saboteurs at work providing pretext and cover to the authorities. Students have managed in recent weeks to encircle and stop the "casseurs" (vandals). Whether they are directly acting as agents of the state, or just acting on their own brilliant belief that rocks and smoke will win the students' cause, it is clear that the state is stepping up its attacks - and one of them is a desperate attempt to drive a wedge in the student-worker alliance. 

Well it wouldn't really matter now one way or another would it?  A few out of sync students throwing rocks, or the police making it up on their own as pretext.  Either way such things are inevitable, one out of frustration or even mischief perhaps, and the other being the standard operating procedure of the economic managers and their enforcement arm.  Ultimately it will come down to the success of multiple efforts at negating the disturbances, mostly in favour of the government position through a variety of non-violent suggestive means, or the violent suggestive forms as only the police know best how to execute if need be.  The decisions in that regard appear to be at hand.


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The Liberal government and its allies throughout the 1% continue to be shocked, daily, that students are not buckling to intimidation and blackmail and fear of losing their session and phony "offers"...

The more I think about outcomes, the more I see the state relying on provocation as a pretext for violent suppression. "Violence" includes what CAQ is demanding - "forced" return to class, which means using riot squads to bust picket lines, declaring them "illegal assemblies", charging students with criminal code violations under the riot provisions - besides the naked physical violence we've already seen directed at them.

 


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Unionist wrote:
Whoever these saboteurs are, and however much they're being paid, they clearly deserve much more. They may yet accomplish what the entire machinery of the State and the MSM have miserably failed to do.
 

Democracy is a terrifying possibility as far as the status quo is concerned.


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It's the only logical outcome that an illogical system can arrive at.  Cuts are going on everywhere these days.  If the government 'caves' here it sets a precedence it can't hope to sustain across the board as other austerity related confrontations with the population arise, as it will going forward.  This is merely the beginning.  When Europe crumbles and drags Canadian investment down with it, the resulting shortfalls and bailouts will have to come from somewhere.  If the G20 was a dry run for what will follow, then in Canada at least, Quebec represents the first large scale incident on the road to austerity.  As you can see, now that outright chicanery has failed, the government seems poised to determine if hundreds of arrests and beatings will be sufficient in resolving the dispute.


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Andrew Coyne and the Quebec Students

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I found myself wondering whether Quebec was still standing. And whether Coyne had to hire a squeegee kid to wipe all that demagogic foam off his face. 

Because he could eh? He's the son of a one-time Bank of Canada Governor, and he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

So he could never understand what it's like to be a poor student, burdened by debt, unable to find a job in an economy where the youth unemployment rate is twice the national average. Or what it's like to face a bleak future in the kind of capitalist jungle Coyne wants us all to believe in.

You know, I'm worried. I fear Coyne is turning into some kind of holy roller preacher for primeval capitalism, and that one of these nights he's going to go on the excruciatingly boring Mansbridge panel, start screaming this kind of crazy bullshit:...


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