rabble contributor Bill Clennett shares a taste of what the Montreal protests against Charest government's Loi 78 and proposed tuition increases are like. Recorded on the evening of May 24th, the video presents two of the demos: beginning with one of the local community actions in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood and from there to a major night time demo that brought thousands of people on the streets of downtown Montreal, and from there proceeded throughout the city for about four hours.
On April 30 striking students did a snake march in downtown Gatineau so as to keep up the pressure on the liberal governement. The main slogan of the march was addressed at Jean Charest who was told to leave and work would be found for him up in the north, a reference to his joking with the business leaders at a promotional event for his 'Plan for the north'. He ridiculed striking students demonstrating outside, saying that perhaps they could find a job up north. Riot police beat up students during this demonstration. During the snake march, some of the participants stayed behind when it proceeded to the provincial court because of the conditions they received following a mass arrest on April 19.