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Student strike against tuition hike #2

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It's great that Québec students have at least one genuine and eloquent ally in the Assemblée Nationale:

Amir Khadir on YouTube

 


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Hundreds of students have been surrounding the S.A.Q. headquarters (provinicial liquor authority) this morning at De Lorimier and René-Lévesque in Montréal, blocking entry. It's part of the targeted action campaign announced for this week by the strike coordinators. The riot police have just arrived - more news to come.

UPDATE: Cops attacked the students, pepper-sprayed them, arrested at least one, and managed to squeeze in between the demonstrators and the SAQ HQ. The students then waved "bye bye" to the cops and are now marching west on René-Lévesque, followed by police. Don't know their destination. This is fun!

UPDATE 2: They've reached the Hall Building (Concordia U.), as of noon.

 


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UPDATE 3: They headed back east to McGill, and are now apparently heading back toward Concordia.

Meantime, another sit-in has begun at the offices of the Montréal School Commission, to condemn them for blocking a high-school students' association from taking a position in favour of the strike.

And more to come!


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SOLIDARITY WITH THE QUEBEC STUDENT GENERAL STRIKE WE SUPPORT THE WEEK OF ECONOMIC DISRUPTION

March 26, 2012, Montreal – This week, Quebec students escalate their tactics, building on almost one month of a general strike, and last Thursday’s massive demonstration against the Charest government tuition hikes.

The ongoing strike and Thursday’s historic demonstration are a starting point, not an end, as many student organizers have pointed out. The upcoming week of disruptive actions is especially important.....

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Statement endorsed by:

- Solidarité sans frontières / Solidarity Across Borders – www.solidarityacrossborders.org
- QPIRG Concordia / GRIP à Concordia – www.qpirgconcordia.org
- La Convergence des luttes anticapitalistes (CLAC) – www.clac-montreal.net
- Personne n’est illégal / No One Is Illegal-Montreal – www.nooneisillegal.org
- Organisation populaire des droits sociaux de la région de Montréal – http://opdsrm.com
- La Pointe Libertaire – www.lapointelibertaire.org
- Dignidad Migrante – http://dignidadmigrante.info
- Le Centre Social Autogéré – www.centresocialautogere.org
- Réseau de la Commission Populaire / People’s Commission Network – www.commissionpopulaire.org
- Ste-Emilie Skillshare – http://steemilieskillshare.org
- Artivistic – http://artivistic.org
- Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie (PASC) – www.pasc.ca
- Collectif opposé à la brutalité policière (COBP) – http://cobp.resist.ca
–> To endorse this callout, please contact blocampmontreal@gmail.com . The callout will be re-sent this Thursday morning. <–
[By signing this callout, we will share information actively via our networks (public contact lists, public events, e-mail announcements, website, social media etc.) and publicly support students and their supporters who are organizing economic disruptions this week and beyond. We also support the CLASSE in opposing all tuition hikes, within the perspective of free access to education.]

http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en/francais-solidarite-avec-la-gr...


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00 a.m.;Montreal police tweeted that they were forced to use pepper spray on the protestors at SAQ headquarters.

Just after 10:00 a.m.;Montreal police tweeted that they were forced to use pepper spray on the protestors at SAQ headquarters.


MONTREAL - After being dispersed by riot police near the Société des alcools du Québec's headquarters Tuesday morning, students opposing tuition increases massed downtown in the afternoon, preparing to march to Premier Jean Charest's Montreal office.

The afternoon rally began about 2 o'clock at Guy-Concordia métro station. Protesters were to march along Sherbrooke St. to Charest's office on McGill College Ave.....
http://www.globalnews.ca/quebec+student+protests+continue+in+front+of+saq+headquarters+police+use+pepper+spray/6442608819/story.html

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Automobiliste furieux: Pris dans la foule, il se joint aux manifestants

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Un automobiliste pris dans la manifestation étudiante à Montréal mardi était furieux de ne plus pouvoir avancer dans la foule massée devant les bureaux de Loto-Québec. Mais, faute de pouvoir bouger, il s'est finalement joint aux manifestants.


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Thousands take part in Tuesday protest Students protest against alleged hitting of student

Students who were supposed to occupy the Guy-Metro building today on Concordia’s downtown campus changed their plans and ended up merging with a protest in support of a student who was allegedly hit by a Concordia security guard yesterday.

The protest was called yesterday evening on Facebook, after a video showing a security guard seemingly hitting a student in the face attracted quite the attention on the Internet. The video, that had less than 400 viewers yesterday evening, now shows that almost 7,000 people have watched it. The Facebook event was calling for the support of all Montreal schools to join Concordia students against the “repressive” methods used by the university against students who choose to block access to classrooms.
Amber Gross, the philosophy student at McGill who was allegedly hit by the security guard, was walking by the protest today, surprised to see people recognized her in the street.
Gross explained that she and a group of students were met with violence by Concordia security when they were not actually picketing....

http://theconcordian.com/2012/03/27/thousands-take-part-in-tuesday-protest/


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An incomplete summary of Tuesday's actions:

Loto-Quebec offices in Montreal blocked;
March on Charest's Montreal offices;
Liquor Board's Montreal office blocked, closed for the day;
Major street blocked outside University of Concordia after campus security guard punched student;
Downtown streets blocked in Quebec City;
Minister of Finance offices blocked in Quebec City;
Students marched into Education ministry building also in Quebec City;
At least 500 students and locked out Rio Tinto Alcan workers from Alma march downtown Jonquiere;
In Chicoutimi, students occupy a floor at the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi for one hour;
Sherbrooke, hundreds of students block traffic downtown;
Protests at 10 Liberal Party MP's offices across the province;
Other protests reported in Laval, St. Hyacinthe, and Val d'Or.

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Students have blocked the Port of Montreal again.

Publié le 28 mars 2012 à 07h46 | Mis à jour à 15h44

«Pour que la grève aille jusqu'au bout»

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Un autre rassemblement d'étudiants, celui-ci organisé par la CLASSE et par le cégep du Vieux-Montréal, se déplace dans les rues du centre-ville depuis 14 h.

Les élèves de cet établissement, qui ont voté un mandat de reconduction de grève jusqu'à la gratuité des droits de scolarité, souhaitent que la grève «aille jusqu'au bout».....

http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/education/201203/28/0...


epaulo13
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Today, a group of "teachers against the hike" disrupted a parlimentary commission presided by the minister of education to ask the governement to come to the negociation table with the student unions. Let's say this is a step further then signing a petition, sending an oped to the media or even joining students on a picket line or a demonstration. Actually, this kind of symbolic direct action *in solidarity* is really unusual. Profs contre la hausse - Interruption de la commission parlementaire - 28 mars 2012

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BsQ1f3_Bp3E

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Students Won’t Back Down

The Sociology and Anthropology Student Union held its third GA on March 27, resulting in a vote to extend the department’s original March 12 strike vote to an unlimited general strike.....

http://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/2904

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Cross-University Protesters Join Concordia Demonstration

Students from francophone universities and CEGEPs joined a Concordia student protest on March 27, marching through downtown Montreal in protest of the Charest government’s proposed tuition increases.

The demonstration began at the Hall building and continued throughout the afternoon.....

http://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/2905


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Red Wave Hits Montreal 250,000 march against tuition fees in Quebec

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The Montreal Media Co-op spoke with with students, teachers, artists, grandparents and others to get a sense of why they were out in the streets on March 22.

http://montreal.mediacoop.ca/audio/red-wave-hits-montreal/10345


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biggest day yet, amazing.  the government is cracking, offering to student financial aid to off-set increases in tuition.  keep it up!


epaulo13
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Costumed students circle Montreal

9 min video

On a day of colourful street demonstrations that saw costumes fit for a masquerade ball, Quebec student protesters blocked access to Montreal's main courthouse, clogged several city boulevards, and vandalized police cars Thursday.

The daily battle over tuition hikes began with a crowd infiltrating the courthouse, while a group of 200 students also briefly occupied the lobby of a National Bank office in the city's financial district.

About midday, hundreds of students gathered in Phillips Square with plans to disperse in four different directions and block downtown roadways....

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/03/29/montreal-student...

 


Boom Boom
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epaulo13 wrote:
Costumed students circle Montreal

Saw that on CBC Newsworld tonight - awesome!

I think 2012 is going the biggest year for demonstrations in Canada, ever.


epaulo13
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Boom Boom wrote:

epaulo13 wrote:
Costumed students circle Montreal

Saw that on CBC Newsworld tonight - awesome!

I think 2012 is going the biggest year for demonstrations in Canada, ever.

..this is the future bb. direct democracy or so i believe.


Boom Boom
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General strike!

epaulo13
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..so much more than that. collective determination as to how our world is organized rather than coporate domination with the ability to make it happen.


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Jean Charest burns in effigy during a student demonstration against tuition increases in Montreal on Thursday.
After march on Charest's house, students hang and burn effigy of Quebec premier

MONTREAL - One day after student demonstrators marched on Jean Charest's family home, they staged a mock hanging and burned down an effigy of the Quebec premier during street protests Thursday.

That fiery stunt was among the multiple signs in downtown Montreal of the bitter feud over tuition hikes that has gripped the province.

During colourful street demonstrations that saw costumes fit for a masquerade ball, student protesters also blocked access to Montreal's main courthouse, clogged several city boulevards, and vandalized police cars Thursday.

The latest battle over tuition, which has now become a daily affair, began with a crowd infiltrating the courthouse in the morning. A group of 200 students also briefly occupied the lobby of a National Bank office in the city's financial district.

Student groups staged larger demonstrations in the afternoon, when four separate marches were making their way through the downtown core, snarling traffic....

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/striking-quebec-students-b...

 


epaulo13
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Quebec student fails in legal bid to limit student protest actions

MONTREAL - A judge has rejected a motion by a law student who wanted to attend classes without being stopped by student protesters.

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Charette had to demonstrate an urgency in his application and prove he had suffered irreparable harm. In his affidavit, he mentioned he'd missed two days of class in the last week, including last Monday after a protest blocked access to the Universite de Montreal.

He filed a motion against the law students' association, the student union, the university and an umbrella group of student groups that is one of the main protest organizers.

Justice Luc Lefebvre ruled Charette failed on all counts for the injunction.

"As the applicant has lost but two days of classes and that there is no intention to cancel this semester, this tribunal finds that the applicant has not demonstrated the irreparable harm required for issuing an injunction at the provisional stage," Lefebvre wrote....

http://thetyee.ca/CanadianPress/2012/03/30/Que-Student-Protest-Injunctio...


Freedom 55
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For those who can't get to Québec to join the students in person: Angry Grévistes


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Great game, F55 - took me a while, but I beat RoBeauchamp!

Now, for tomorrow:

Student protests: Series of April Fools marches planned

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An April Fools march calling for higher tuition fees, a two-wheeled protest and a “family” demonstration outside the Laval venue where Premier Jean Charest is scheduled to appear on Sunday are among the events planned as Quebec students extend their strike into its third month.

And the university faculty unions are reiterating their support and exposing the government's lies:

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Sunday’s agenda of protests comes in the wake of the public reiteration on Friday of support for the students’ cause from the unions representing Quebec’s university professors and personnel.

“If we’re here today it’s because we want to get the facts straight because the debate is now one of public opinion,” Michel Tremblay of the Fédération professionèles-CSN told reporters. “What’s being offered to public opinion by (Finance Minister Raymond Bachand and Education Minister Line Beauchamp) is that there was a place for us during consultations (for the financing of universities) in 2010 and that we left that consultation.

“But it was a mock consultation — there was only question: There will be an increase of $1625 in tuition fees. How should it be paid for? One payment? Deducted at source or by credit card?”

 


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Students at CÉGEP Édouard-Montpetit in Longueuil (south shore of the St. Lawrence below Montréal) have decided to start 48-hour hunger strikes in relays:

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A group of four students has been at it since midnight Saturday morning, camping outside the education ministry's offices on Fullum St. in Montreal.

Organizers say they want to point out that the cost of an education, including tuition fees, ancillary fees and other expenses, is forcing students to resort to food banks.

They say the number of students in that position has tripled since 2008.


epaulo13
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..great video from the 29th.

Vive les masques ! (la grande mascarade)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ayOIH4lx6Y4

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La Grande Mascarade 1,500 In Bright Colours Against Tuition Hikes

The most violent thing about today’s La Grande Mascarade protest against rising tuition was some intense glitter bombing.

Around 1,500 student took to Montreal streets today clad in creative costumes ranging from telephone booths to sequined pink, in a Mardi Gras-esque parade.

Divided into four groups, categorized by the colours that represent the metro lines, students followed routes through downtown Montreal which organizers had published prior to the event.

Few riot cops were scattered around the roots, watching over the Champlain Bridge and Service de police de la Ville de Montréal headquarters. Ten stood guard outside Premier Jean Charest’s office where a group of Concordia dance students organized a giant red square made of protesters.

The four groups reconvened at Place-des-Arts after three hours of protesting. Many moved to the L’Université du Québec à Montréal sciences building for some spirited speeches, dancing and the burning of a Charest effigy.

The SPVM reported three arrests, all charged for mischief.

http://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/2910


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google translation - Today, Monday, April 2, 2012, parents affiliated with the network of parents against the rise in the morning interrupted the presentation of Ministers Bolduc and Bachand's Hospital St. Mary's to express their solidarity with the student struggle in progress. Parents contre la hausse - Interruption de l'allocution du ministre Bachand - 2 avril 2012

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Aujourd'hui, lundi 2 avril 2012, des parents affiliés au réseau des Parents contre la hausse ont interrompu en matinée la présentation des ministres Bolduc et Bachand à l'Hôpital St-Mary's pour exprimer leur solidarité avec la lutte étudiante en cours.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLNmszncJDs

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The strike is not just happening in Montreal, it's all over the place. Here's another video of a creative protest in the small Quebec industrial town of Jonquière, 600 striking students took to the streets. The folks you see here and there with the orange shirts are lock-out steelworkers from the Rio-Tinto-Alcan facility in Alma. Yeah, they too support the students...

Manifestation - Jonquière - 27 mars 2012

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Manifestation contre la hausse des frais de scolarité du gouvernement Charest. 600 personnes, principalement des Cégep de St-Félicien, de Jonquière, de Chicoutimi et d'Alma, ainsi que de l'UQAC, ont ainsi descendus dans la rue pour dénoncer cette mesure destructrice contre la société québécoise.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uSTON18JkEE


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The Tofu of Canada

Elysha del Giusto-Enos — March 27, 2012

Students are being so selfish.

They are standing in the way of something so beautiful—Quebec becoming more like the rest of Canada. As everyone knows, students in the rest of Canada pay higher tuition and la belle province should catch up.

Quebec has a history of looking over its shoulder when it comes to policy-making. There’s a reason no one’s ever called Quebec “a unique nation within Canada.” It’s because we are the tofu of Canada—we absorb the guiding principles of everyone else.

On the heels of matching school funding with our neighbours, Quebec will finally be able to complete the rainbow connection in other financial matters.

Charest is telling us that the government can’t make it work within the constraints of the current budget while citizens struggle to pay the exorbitant taxes imposed by his government.

Where tuition is higher, taxes are lower. British Columbia’s income tax is 5.06 per cent for anyone earning $37,000 or less—in Quebec it’s 16 per cent. We also pay 9.975 per cent provincial sales tax, but in Alberta, they pay nothing at all.

After tuition goes up, taxes wouldn’t need to go all the way down to the levels of other provinces; they would just need to move in that direction. Quebec would just be doing its fair share to compensate for axing our services.

Students shouldn’t strike, or rally, or do anything beyond joining a Facebook group to stop this progress. It’s amazing how passionate they are, even though they clearly haven’t looked into it. Do your research, students! Other provinces pay more in tuition, so that means other provinces function better than ours. Look it up.

We need to start aligning ourselves with the rest of Canada so we can start the shift away from being this outlier of a high-tax, high-service society, to the much more desirable low-tax, low-service society.

Everyone having access to the same opportunities, regardless of what family they were born into or what lucky breaks they’ve had is so passé.

So let’s be like the rest of Canada and equalize our social and budgetary policies with them. And while we’re at it, maybe one day we’ll notice that, just like Quebec is part of Canada, Canada is part of America. Canada seems like a unique nation, but as we know, there’s no such thing…

http://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/2895


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This is breaking news - this story may be far from accurate or finished:

Demonstration dispersed; cops make about 50 arrests as highly mobile student protesters rove through downtown Montreal

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Using a cat-and-mouse strategy, a crowd of fleet-footed students opposed to planned university tuition hikes roved through downtown Montreal Wednesday morning – and, at one point using the subway, forced the cops into vigourous chase mode.

"The demonstration is over," Montreal police tweeted at 9:30 a.m., roughly 90 minutes after it began.

Police reported about 50 arrests, some on St. Laurent Blvd. near René Lévesque Blvd., apparently for mischief reported at the Eaton Centre and at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. [...]

"There were at least 100" demonstrators who left the Eaton Centre using the McGill métro station, said Jean-Denis Séguin, stationed outside that subway entrance collecting funds for the Accueil Bonneau homeless shelter.

"They went that way," he added, pointing to a sign indicating eastbound, but not before, with quick wit, he successfully solicited a $3 donation in return for the information.

The subway-adept students apparently emerged, quickly, at the St. Laurent métro station and swung south.


duncan cameron
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My take on why students should not have to pay for their education through tuition hikes.

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2012/04/using-debt-common-good


Bärlüer
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The legalization (unsatisfying translation of the French word « judiciarisation ») of the struggle is not losing any steam. The injunction motions are proliferating. We're fighting them as they come. Although the phenomenon is a cause of concern, the results haven't been too bad so far, with wins, narrow circumscription of the scope of the order when the injunction has been granted, and good ol' "keeping up the pressure sur le terrain".

In the meantime: it is of fundamental importance to maintain pressure, as I just wrote. Strike mandates must be renewed ("La reconduction: la seule solution!"); actions must carry on. The struggle will be won in the streets, as always.

ETA: meant to include a reference to this article in Le Devoir, which has a good summary on the main legal points.


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Bärlüer wrote:

The legalization (unsatisfying translation of the French word « judiciarisation ») of the struggle is not losing any steam.

I'd call it "lawyering up". Smile

And key dates are fast approaching for having to prolong semesters or worse. The Charest government must be panicking. They surely thought the struggle would peter out after March 22. As you said, the pressure needs to continue on the ground, and the fight will be won as always before, in the street.

And here's another (IMO) great op-ed from La Presse of all places:

The beautiful life

[A mocking reference to jerkface Richard Martineau, see my post 24 above.]


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