Quebec students keep fighting for education, civil liberties

This video is called Montreal students occupy University of Quebec.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Thousands defy Canadian tuition-fee protest law

Monday 21 May 2012

by Our Foreign Desk

Thousands of Canadians rallied against tuition fee increases in Montreal on Sunday despite a new law aimed at stopping the protests.

Police arrested at least 300 people and 20 were hurt overnight on Sunday, including 11 officers.

Quebec’s provincial government passed an emergency law on Friday that requires organisers to tell police eight hours before and detail the route if more than 50 people are taking part.

It also makes student groups liable for property damage but has only fuelled the demonstrations.

Sunday’s march was the 27th straight evening of protest. Police labelled it illegal shortly after its 8.30pm start.

A first group of protesters was cornered and 110 people arrested. More arrests were made after demonstrators climbed on cars and vans.

Saturday’s protest also ended with dozens of arrests.

The burgeoning movement against the fee increase gained celebrity support at the weekend. Montreal indie rockers Arcade Fire wore the movement’s iconic red squares during an appearance with Mick Jagger on Saturday Night Live.

Twitter erupted with questions about the meaning of the fashion statement.

Activist and filmmaker Michael Moore also boosted the students with links from his website.

Quebec Premier Jean Charest has refused to roll back the tuition increases, which will total £1,000 by 2016.

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