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Student strike against tuition hike #3

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epaulo13
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Demonstration Against The Plan Nord In Pictures

Police were overwhelmed by demonstrators Friday, before receiving reinforcements from the Sûreté du Québec.

One of the police officers (seen accepting a flower from a demonstrator in the third and second to last photographs) offered a quasi apology, stating "I don't have a choice" in regards to his presence. This is not really true of course, but perhaps suggests the beginning of fissures in the morale of the Montreal riot squad. At any rate, historically it is never a good sign for the regime when military and police start accepting flowers from activists.

http://montreal.mediacoop.ca/photo/demonstration-against-plan-nord-pictu...


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Rally -- Solidarity with Québec student strike!

    • Thursday, April 26, 2012
    • 12:00pm in UTC-04
  • 20 Queen St W., Toronto
  • Join us for a rally in front of Québec's Office in Toronto in solidarity with the ongoing student strike. On this occasion, we will be delivering a petition to be sent to the Premier's office in Québec.

    With this action, we also want to contribute to bringing this great movement's democratic and combative spirit to Ontario.

    You can sign the petition here:

    http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/solidarity-with-the-quebec-student-strike.html

    Organizations can sign it by sending an email to this email address:




    Here is the petition's text:

    Solidarity with the Quebec Student Strike

    The Quebec student strike against an increase in tuition fees and for free education is a crucial battle against the austerity agenda and for, accessible, quality post-secondary public education. This is the longest student strike in Quebec history, with over 170,000 students on strike for more than two months and some peak days where over 300,000 joined the strike. It remains strong in the face of the Charest government’s refusal to negotiate and university/CEGEP administration efforts to use injunctions and threats to force students back to school.

    We recognize that students in Quebec pay lower fees than in the rest of Canada because of a long tradition of activist mobilization for quality, accessible education. We stand in solidarity with the student strikers and the professors, campus workers and community members who have supported this movement. Students in Quebec are fighting against the commercialization of education and user pay through tuition increases that create massive barriers to access and student debt that profits the banks while haunting students for years after graduation. We believe victory for the student movement in Quebec will signal a new level of mobilization for proper funding of quality, accessible education and against the austerity agenda. We commit ourselves to the defense of those arrested. We strongly support the mobilizations to defend free political expression on campus and to continue the strikes until victory, even in the face of repression. Together, we can stop the hike.

    http://www.facebook.com/events/392457047441913/

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SPVM shoots demonstrator point blank / SPVM tire sur un manifestant a bout portant

Demo/Manif 20 Avril 2012.

SPVM Shoots demonstrator point blank with CS canister gun at the montreal congress center.

SPVM Tire sur un manifestant a bout portant une canette de gaz lacrymogene au palais des congres.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0Gm4_cix8w


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epaulo13 wrote:

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Oppression is not merely taking the form of rhetoric. The Occupy and student movements were treated naively when they began, but youth are now pepper sprayed and beaten on a near-daily basis in Montreal and elsewhere. Police have begun to deploy riot squads immediately to dismantle actions, whereas some effort was made at conciliation in the past. “Our job, as police officers, is repression,” said the President of the Police Fraternity of Quebec, Yves Francoeur. “We do not need a social worker as a director, we need a general. After all, the police is a paramilitary organization, let's not forget it.” It is wretched to say this, but the point has been reached where creative thinking is needed to figure out how to organize effectively in the face of increasing physical oppression.

http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/619.php

 

Hoodeet (JW)

The quote from the police rep confirms what many have always thought: that the SQ was a paramilitary outfit of uniformed, well-armed goons operating as psychopaths with absolute impunity, whether they smashed heads in the Asbestos strike or killed carpet-layers asleep in a motel room (mistaking them for the robbers they were looking for, and whom they presumably planned to shoot in cold blood) or, more recently, murdered youths of immigrant origin.  No one can bell that cat, or wants to, probably.

 

 


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Quebec Government Seeks to Intimidate, Split Striking Students

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/apr2012/queb-a21.shtml

"...the student strike must become the catalyst for the mobilization of the entire working class against the austerity measures being implemented by the Charest Liberal government and by all levels of governments in Canada."

but it won't, alas.


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Yet another WSWS armchair-quarterback peroration chastizing the students for, you know, organizing one of the biggest social movements in recent Quebec history, but lamentably failing at bringing about revolution.

I don't know about this Keith Jones but the events I go to are attended by a wide spectrum of persons and organizations—students, teachers, unions, social groups, workers, parents, concerned citizens, etc.

The student movement I know is forging alliances with groups that share the goals of a fairer society and that reject the neoliberal drift of our governments. The student movement I know filled up I don't know how many buses to go demonstrate in solidarity with the workers of Rio Tinto Alcan at Alma, FFS (about 475 km from Montreal).

Just shut up, WSWS armchair-quarterbacks.

ETA (to conclude on a less bitter note): I hope to be at tomorrow's event, work permitting! Bring your working-class friends, Keith Jones' of this world—they're all welcome!


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Frigid releases strike-inspired video for Earth Day Cri D'un Coeur Terrien

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9C8yyJnaM_8#!


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Bärlüer wrote:

Just shut up, WSWS armchair-quarterbackers.

I don't know how you manage to remain so polite, Bärlüer.

These are the same assholes (oh, sorry!) who were calling on students in February to send delegations to workplaces and help workers break from the "trade union bureaucracy".

When they see a struggle, all they can see is how it will fizzle and die. And that's the spirit they try to imbue us with.

They should stick to their comfortable armchairs in the U.S. and leave us alone.


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18 public personalities enjoining the government to dialogue

They propose a 4-point plan to resolve the crisis:

1. The government must meet without delay with all three student unions

2. There must me a 5-year moratorium on the tuition fees hike

3. Quebec must open a debate on education and its funding

4. The student unions must cease the strike movement after obtaining a positive response from the government


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thread drift...

November 19th 2012: Global Education Strike?

~ DISCUSSION ~
November 19th 2012:
Global Education Strike
to Resist increasing Privatisation and Commercialisation of Education and fight for
Free Emancipatory Education?

★ ★ GLOBAL CHAT MEETING - April 28th (saturday) ★ ★

Why strike together globally?

People worldwide are struggling against the increasing commercialisation of education and fighting for free emancipatory education.

Massive staff cuts, budget cuts, privatisation, de-democratisation within schools and universities, tuition fees hike, an increasing pressure to perform, and increasing influences of 'private economic actors' on teaching and research - it's the same shit everywhere!

To resist these effects from the current dominating economic system and fight for an alternative together I believe it is time to call for a first coordinated strike at educational institutions across the world. Furthermore such an action would encourage a desperately needed public discussion on the actual purpose of education for the individual as well as society at large. It could also point out the global dimension of the struggle and therefore put greater emphasis on the actual root of the problems we are all experiencing....

http://ism-global.net/discussion_global_education_strike_2012

..end thread drift


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Hey, for a real treat, tune into Cross Country Check Up right now on the English CBC to hear Rex Murphy have a completely one-sided discussion of this issue.

He managed to open the show with a student who supports the student strikes (and gave him a hard time, asked hard questions, but at least let him speak).

Then he interviewed another student who is leading some "moderate" group at McGill, who is completely right-wing and against the strike.  And with him, Murphy chortled along with him, completely agreed with everything he said, and asked completely sycophantic questions, not challinging him in the least.

I was yelling at the frigging radio. It's like, "I'm completely fair and balanced. So, do you think the student strikers are violent idiots on the one hand, or complete assholes on the other? Call in with your thoughts!"

I fucking hate Rex Murphy. When he finally retires, I hope people dance in the streets and spit in his retirement cake.


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I haven't been able to listen to him for years.  He is toxic so I just turn him off.  He is also really just sooooo predictable.


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Michelle wrote:

Hey, for a real treat, tune into Cross Country Check Up right now on the English CBC to hear Rex Murphy have a completely one-sided discussion of this issue.

Just turned off the radio. Rex Murphy and his friends have the sick stench of death about them.

The wonderful thing about this strike is how it's separating the 1% from the 99% - at least in Québec. They've tried everything, and nothing has worked. The youth have given new meaning to the word "courage". Fighting on, at great personal sacrifice, with almost no hope of victory (to listen to all the chattering classes). The feelings it generates are hard to describe.


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Unionist do you know what kinds of conditions the courts are putting on the demonstrators that have been arrested? Are they being made to sign agreements that include things such as promising not to protest or associate with known student strikers?

Given the resources that our state had to bring to the anarchists' preparations for the Toronto summit I fear for the student leaders. By now Montreal must be crawling with hundreds of our federal and provincial security spooks. That is not including the American ones that I am sure are operating in the command structure. In Canada we jail our young people for dissent.  In Toronto organizing events that were not legally sanctioned was considered a conspiracy to commit a variety of crimes against property.

I wish I was 40 years younger and a student in Montreal.


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Fascism rears its ugly head among forces against Québec student strike

Students, unions and other progressive voices in Quebec are condemning the statements of a high-level Québec civil servant from last week, but the provincial Charest Liberal government doesn`t seem particularly bothered that one of there staff advocated that pro-fascist movements be an inspiration for the resolution of the student strike.

Bernard Guay, head of the tax office in the Municipal Affairs Department, recently wrote a vehement online letter against the student protests that have rocked the province.

The letter was published on the website of Quebec Le Soleil -- but generated such an outcry that the including a Quebec city protest that the newspaper withdrew it and apologized to readers. You can read the original article, in French, here in PDF.      (edit this link no longer works. i will search for another)

The text was titled, in rough translation, "For an end to the student strikes." Among other things, Guay urged opponents of the student strike to:draw on the "fascist movements" of the 1920s 30s to deal with "leftists" what the author terms "their own medicine";
  • find the  "means" to remedy this "wasteful and anti-social" situation by  cabal, by organizing a secret political clique or faction (his word was `cabal`)
  • the cabal would mobilization masses of students to cross their picket lines, and also assault the wearers of the symbolic red square
  • when you see someone in the street wearing a red square, confront them, respond to the `bullying` of the students with a challenge
  • "people who oppose the views in the left-wing controlled media (sic) must develop their own media... (such as the) popular radio stations in the regions of Quebec (which) worry our leftists, so they are constantly trying to discredit them by calling them trash-radio."
We must do everything, he says, to "overcome the tyranny of Leftist agitators" he writes.

Municipal Affairs Minister Laurent Lessard said Guay's comments were .... criminal? ... worthy of resignation? ... no just "inappropriate." They sat down and had a chat which counted as an administrative sanction. Lessard refused to elaborate.

Needless to say this is a complete violation of the civil services`codes of conduct. Moreover, the government just spend the last several days endlessly demanding that the students denounce any form of violence in the strike before negotiations take place. At the same time, police brutality at demonstrations continues to outrage people.

The latest news is that today, Saturday April 21st, Member of the National Assembly Amir Khadir narrowly escaped arrest. His crime? Marching with the students and, in response to heavy-handed actions by the police to their rally, proposing to negotiate a different approach.
...............
..can't find another link but did find this. Bernard Guay, un néo-fasciste actif depuis les années ’90 au sein de l’organisation « Jeune Nation » http://www.fachowatch.com/bernard-guay-un-neo-fasciste-actif-depuis-les-annees-90-au-sein-de-lorganisation-jeune-nation/

 


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I'll throw in my two cents:

If the students and their supporters wish to campaign for low or free tuition, they should emphasize the necessity of education in a modern world.  Why is elementary and secondary education free when tertiary education is not?  What is the minimum amount of education that one needs into order to be a successfully contributing member of society?  Note: I don't just mean monetary.  I also include social/participatory.  A well-educated person is more likely to vote.  A more educated person is likely to use his/her critical thinking skills, and suggest new ideas.  A well-educated person is more likely to listen to new ideas.

If the minimum amount of education that one needs today is at least a two-year college diploma, then education should be free to those who wish to achieve the minimum requirements to be a successfully educated person.  I know this is subjective.  I think that people should value education as a social good rather than just as an individual economic commodity.

I won't suggest that everyone has the right to go to university for free.  I do think that other institutions such as community colleges and applied universities can offer fulfilling diplomas and degrees for free or low tuition and at a lower cost to educate each student.  Remember that the debate about tuition should not be about the individual cost and future value.  Instead it should be about the societal value of having an educated citizenry with fair access for all citizens through free or low cost tuition.


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While supporters of tuition increases state that students in Quebec will still have the lowest tuition fees in Canada, what will happen five, ten, or twenty years from now when another government decides to raise tuition fees to the Canadian average?  What will happen to Quebec society if Quebec just becomes like the other provinces?  While there may still be the French language and civil law traditions, what kind of culture will there be?  Languages are hard to survive is there is no culture to back them.  E Pluribus Unum.  Ad Mari Usque ad Mare.  Dolo E. Coyote et Via Cursor.


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skinny dipper

..i'm thinking the questions all along have been who gets to decide re tuition and on what basis is that decision being made.


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Quebec student organizers share inspiring stories with CUPE’s post-secondary task force

Post-secondary institutions across the country are facing major funding shortages, and students—already struggling with major debt loads after graduation—are being asked to pick up even more of the tab.

But students in Quebec are fighting back in impressive style.

Student activists Roxanne Dubois and Ariane Campeau were hosted by CUPE’s newly-formed national post-secondary sector task force at the all-committees meeting in Ottawa, where they provided updates on the mass student protests happening across Quebec, and set the context for the post-secondary situation in the rest of the country.

Over the past two months, hundreds of thousands of students and supporters have taken to the streets in Quebec, striking in protest of a proposed 75 per cent hike in tuition fees over five years.

Members from other committees attended the presentation to the task force, packing the room to capacity.

Ariane Campeau, vice president of the Quebec Federation of University Students (FEUQ), described the long history of the student movement in Quebec, which dates back to the 1960s, and talked about some of the organizing that went into the mass demonstrations.

She told the crowd how FEUQ and other student organizations didn’t rely on Facebook and Twitter, instead focusing on direct, face-to-face communication on campuses to get their message across. Wisconsin student activist Peter Rickman talked about using a similar strategy to generate support for mass protests in Madison, when he spoke to CUPE activists in June 2011.

She also explained how the red square, a simple, easily replicable symbol that’s become synonymous with the movement and highly recognizable across the province, was adopted by the students after seeing anti-poverty groups use it in the 90s.

Dubois, chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), told the crowd that students across Canada face an average debt load between $20,000 and $30,000 upon graduation, and called for a national framework to ensure that post-secondary education is affordable and accessible to all Canadians.

Quebec student organizations are currently in discussions with the provincial government to set parameters for negotiations. More protests are expected, with a massive, province-wide rally planned for April 22.

http://cupe.ca/post-secondary/quebec-student-organizers-share


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Une répression et une violence policières injustifiées


L’Alliance sociale somme le gouvernement de négocier avec les étudiants sans condition


Montréal, le 19 avril 2012. – Les leaders de l’Alliance sociale (APTS, CSQ, CSN, FTQ, SFPQ, SPGQ, FECQ, FEUQ) pressent le premier ministre Jean Charest et la ministre de l’Éducation Line Beauchamp de cesser dès maintenant de recourir à la répression policière contre les étudiants du Québec et d’assumer leurs devoirs en négociant avec les représentants de tous les mouvements étudiants, sans aucune exception, afin de dénouer la crise actuelle.

Les porte-parole de l’Alliance sociale s’inquiètent de voir le bras de fer entre Québec et le mouvement étudiant glisser sur une pente dangereuse, par la faute d’un premier ministre et d’une ministre de l’Éducation qui laissent pourrir une situation qui devient de plus en plus explosive.

« Après s’être défilés de leurs responsabilités au profit d’une judiciarisation du conflit, Jean Charest et Line Beauchamp vont maintenant encore plus loin en cautionnant, par leur silence et leur inaction, un durcissement de la situation qui se traduit par des forces policières de plus en plus agressives, voire violentes, contre les étudiants. Cette violence policière, cautionnée par l’État, n’est pas plus acceptable que la violence que la ministre Beauchamp voudrait voir condamnée par les jeunes », dénoncent unanimement les membres.

Charest et Beauchamp dépassés par les événements

Les leaders de L’Alliance sociale soutiennent que l’attitude adoptée par Jean Charest et Line Beauchamp donne l’impression que le gouvernement est dépassé par les événements.

« Le premier ministre et sa ministre de l’Éducation doivent revoir leur stratégie et ça presse. Ce n’est pas en envoyant la police sur les campus pour qu’elle arrête des étudiants et des enseignants qu’on va dénouer la crise. À ce que nous sachions, nous sommes encore dans une société démocratique et les étudiants qui s’opposent à la hausse des frais de scolarité ont le droit d’exercer leur droit de manifester, que cela plaise ou non au gouvernement », rappellent les porte-parole de l’Alliance sociale.

Une dangereuse négation de la démocratie étudiante

Les leaders accusent également le gouvernement de s’être livré à un jeu dangereux en mettant en opposition le droit étudiant à la grève avec le droit individuel d’un étudiant-client de se prévaloir d’un cours pour lequel il a payé.

« C’est la première fois dans l’histoire du Québec qu’un gouvernement est allé aussi loin que de nier et de refuser de reconnaître la démocratie étudiante, préférant privilégier le droit individuel plutôt que les droits collectifs. Il s’agit là d’un grave précédent qui aura des conséquences dans l’avenir et qui, à court terme, est en train de créer un véritable chaos sur les campus, lourd de tensions et de menaces entre groupes d’étudiants eux-mêmes. C’est totalement irresponsable de voir un gouvernement monter les étudiants les uns contre les autres dans le seul but d’arriver à ses fins politiques », déplorent les porte-parole.

Une commission permanente sur la gestion des universités

En terminant, les porte-parole de l'Alliance sociale réitèrent qu'il est urgent que le gouvernement mette en place la commission permanente sur la gestion des universités pour apporter des solutions à long terme à la situation actuelle.

L’Alliance sociale représente plus d’un million de membres. Elle regroupe la Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ), la Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), la Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), la Centrale des syndicats démocratiques (CSD), le Syndicat de la fonction publique du Québec (SFPQ), l’Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux (APTS), le Syndicat de professionnelles et professionnels du gouvernement du Québec (SPGQ) ainsi que la Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec (FECQ) et la Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec (FEUQ).

http://ftq.qc.ca/modules/nouvelles/nouvelle.php?id=2195&langue=fr


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kropotkin1951 wrote:

Unionist do you know what kinds of conditions the courts are putting on the demonstrators that have been arrested? Are they being made to sign agreements that include things such as promising not to protest or associate with known student strikers?

Sorry krop, been busy all day, missed your question. The vast majority of arrests in recent days have been for things like failing to disperse after the riot act was read (or rather, after a demonstration is declared "illegal" by the cops as per the Criminal Code). Although that can be treated as a criminal offence, I haven't heard of such charges. So, they round up students, take them to the cop shop, process them, and give them tickets of up to $500, which of course can be challenged in the same way as traffic tickets. But there's no "conditions" - there can't be, unless it's connected with bail, and that requires serious criminal charges.

In the past 3-4 days, there have been announcements that criminal charges would be laid in some of the big demos for "méfait", which is mischief - breaking windows, etc. Haven't heard anything further about those charged in that fashion and what were the bail conditions if any. But in the case of Toronto, I think the charges you're talking about were way more serious - conspiracy, etc. - which (besides just acting like fascists) may explain the conditions you're describing.

Anyway, you don't have to be younger or a student to participate in the actions here, but it does help to be in Québec. Or, messages of solidarity. I've seen quite a few, and they help.


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Unionist wrote:

Anyway, you don't have to be younger or a student to participate in the actions here, but it does help to be in Québec. Or, messages of solidarity. I've seen quite a few, and they help.

I have always marched until the last two years. I hope that after my second knee gets replaced I will be marching again but not capable of the fun stuff like outrunning police.

It seems that the cops didn't riot today in Montreal.  I was very pleased to see the lack of state violence.

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kropotkin1951 wrote:

It seems that the cops didn't riot today in Montreal.

Smile


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When the cops see 300,000 people exercising their democratic rights to demonstrate (and peacefully so) they'd be insane to misbehave.


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Probably need a separate thread for this, but here goes:

Our Generation's Quiet Awakening must be Green and Red

excerpt:

The neoliberal economic model that commercializes education is also the model that will turn the St Lawrence valley into an industrial shale gas experiment. That will turn the north of Quebec into a mining and forestry sacrifice zone. That will turn the gulf of St Lawrence into an oil pumping site. And that will turn the province into an eastward launching pad of the Alberta tar sands, a carbon bomb.

Science tells us that this model of business as usual-of perpetual growth and greed, of constant expansion and extraction-is spilling so much carbon into the atmosphere that it will ensure cataclysmic climate change. It insists we find alternatives.

excerpt:

We need to end the reign of oil in Ottawa, and its influence in Quebec city. The federal government now hands-out $1.4 billion a year to the world's richest and most polluting oil companies, when such a hand-out to students could begin a system of free education in Quebec and across Canada.


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Quebec's education minister to meet with students to discuss tuition hikes


MONTREAL - The Quebec government says it will finally meet with some of the student groups that have led huge protests in the province over recent weeks.

Education Minister Line Beauchamp says two of the main student groups have accepted her invitation to meet today to discuss their concerns about planned tuition hikes.

It's unclear whether the third, most radical, student group will be participating.

Beauchamp says the time and location of the meeting will not be announced publicly.

Under pressure from the government, the more aggressive group, named the C.L.A.S.S.E., issued a denunciation this weekend of violent protest tactics.

But Beauchamp said in a statement that the government wants to know more about the C.L.A.S.S.E.'s intentions before including it in any discussions.

http://www.globalnews.ca/quebecs+education+minister+to+meet+with+student...


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Talks began yesterday afternoon between the government and all three student organizations (CLASSE, FEUQ, and FECQ).

CLASSE refused to be bulldozed into a premature decision in response to the education minister's blackmail demand to "condemn all forms of violence and vandalism". CLASSE waiting until its regular weekly assembly yesterday, fully debated the issue, and came out with an announcement condemning direct physical violence against individuals, such as throwing rocks off overpasses - and including police violence. They refused to issue a blanket condemnation of "vandalism"; they emphasized that they aim was to work in alliance with the working population, not to attack them; and they underlined their ongoing support for "civil disobedience".

Obviously this was not to the taste of Line Beauchamp and Jean Charest, who would have liked either: 1. a refusal to say anything, which would have helped them split the united front; or 2. second best, to capitulate to Beauchamp's demand, which would have amounted to a condemnation in advance of everything, right up to picket lines.

Also, the three organizations, in the face of unbearable pressure from the government, were able to maintain their unity. FEUQ even said that if the the government refused to meet with CLASSE, then they'd have to face a FEUQ delegation that included CLASSE representatives. Bravo!

As a final ploy, Beauchamp said yesterday she'd meet with all three, but she demanded a 48-hour "truce" (no acts of "civil disobedience"). CLASSE said, "fine, we had nothing scheduled for Monday and Tuesday anyway!"

Finally, Beauchamp is no longer saying that "I will meet, but the tuition fee hikes can't be on the agenda". That's the first opening ever on that issue - into the 11th week of the strike. She must have some kind of offer in her back pocket - maybe changing the 5-year schedule of introducing the increases. That will probably be the last-ditch effort to split the three organizations. This is just my uneducated guess.

So far, the students have outplayed the government nicely. Now we'll see what happens today and tomorrow.

 


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More happening today:

Students at Jean-François Perreault High School have launched a 3-day strike, saying that they are the ones with the most to lose from the proposed fee hikes. High school students haven't been directly involved in the strike movement and they're not represented in the talks which began at 4 pm yesterday, but many have participated actively in the mass demonstrations and marches.

The Université de Sherbrooke had been among those institutions where the courts had issued injunctions requiring them to give courses to some individuals. In order to avoide clashes like those at UQO in Gatineau, they were respecting the injunction by offering review sessions (no new material). The individuals who had obtained the injunctions are now charging the university with contempt of court, which will be heard next Friday.

Also in Sherbrooke, CÉGEP students marched through the streets and are picketing the courthourse. I'm not sure what the immediate trigger was. But some media are wondering whether this breaches the so-called "truce" demand by the thug of an education minister, who had waited till after CLASSE held its session to debate her previous ultimatum in order to issue this fresh one.

At UQO in Gatineau, meanwhile, which has been the scene of mass blockades and arrests, the administration has apparently been giving some courses by internet.

I forgot to mention that in response to CLASSE's affirmation that they continue to organize and support "civil disobedience", Minister Beauchamp had said: "So, that means non-respect for our laws. I don't think that's responsible." CLASSE spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois retorted by praising civil disobedience and its role in obtaining all the rights of the Québec people, whether by the union movement, the feminist movement, or civil rights movements.

ETA: The demonstration at the Sherbrooke courthouse: Students are protesting in advance of an expected ruling on an injunction request which would require the resumption of courses. Such injunctions have generally led to more pickets, blockades, etc., and a decision by administrations to leave the institution closed for safety purposes. I guess that's what the thuggish minister calls "civil disobedience". Or maybe "violence". LOL.


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High school student strikes are spreading:

Picket lines go up at three high schools!

All three Montréal area schools (Joseph-François Perrault, Édouard-Montpetit and the Académie de Roberval) have been shut down on account of the student bodies being on strike and picketing.

Meanwhile, Québec Superior Court did indeed issue an injunction today - so the students of CÉGEP Sherbrooke have marched back to their school and occupied the administration offices.

 

 


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