Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest is Good for Democracy
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In this time of political action and global protest, what are the politics and ethics of militant resistance?
In Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest is Good for Democracy, Stephen D'Arcy uses the vivid examples of the Quebec Student Strike to the Mohawk land defence at Kanesatake to the Black Blocs at summit protests and attempts to build off the words of Dr. Martin Luther King that "riot is the language of the unheard."
In February of this year, Quebec students began an unlimited general strike to oppose what would become an 82 per cent increase in tuition fees by the then-Liberal government of Jean Charest.
Six months later, the record of the longest student strike in Canadian history speaks for itself. The resignation of one education minister, then another. The defeat of Premier Charest, and his government. And, finally, the repeal of the tuition hike, and an unprecedented “special law” that sought to deny basic rights to organize and protest.
Throughout the years of mobilization that went into building this social movement, we had a simple slogan: Together, we can block the hike.