CLASSE held a rally that included performances by Quebec artists speaking out against tuition increase last week. The evening featured speeches on issues from democracy to feminism within the student movement and was highlighted by the final speech by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois on behalf of CLASSE after his resignation. The student association intends to motivate students for a huge demonstration on August 22nd. Classe remains unaffiliated from any political party, but intends to influence their power from the streets despite who is elected. Producer/Editor: Emily Campbell. Video: Chris Zacchia. Video originally produced for forgetthebox.
Montreal, QC--The three-day 'Popular Summer University' of Nouveaux cahiers du socialisme (NCS) featured two full days and one evening of informed and inspiring discussion and debate on the current political situation in Quebec and the prospects for building a militant, working class movement on a socialist program. The following is a summary of the key sessions that this writer attended.
The special law adopted under gag order by the National Assembly on May 18, 2012, has entailed its share of challenges. Since then, the debate has raged and opinions have become polarized. Some criticize the law as a bludgeon which imposes limits on the freedom of expression and the freedom of association. Others, more resigned, doubt the government's good faith in resolving the impasse.
Amid the tempest, we should not lose sight of certain aspects of the law that raise questions about the rule of law, regardless of one another's position on the proposed tuition fee increases.
Facilitating legal proceedings
Last night, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Montreal, on the same day of the call to a provincial election by the Liberal Party government of Quebec Premier Jean Charest.
Radio Canada and La Presse report that many thousands took part. They gathered at Place Émilie-Gamelin in the center of the city and marched from 9p.m. to close to midnight. Around 10:30p.m., Montreal police declared the march "illegal," but that didn't deter anyone in the march. Radio Canada says 17 people were arrested, many for throwing firecrackers.