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Big student actions in Quebec

Discussion in 'world politics, current affairs and news' started by ska invita, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

  2. gawkrodger

    gawkrodger Well-Known Member

    I too am wondering this - soon loads of pics on FB of riot coppers pegging it away from loads of students
  3. gawkrodger

    gawkrodger Well-Known Member

  4. gawkrodger

    gawkrodger Well-Known Member

    What a feckin' eejit. Just noticed I've repeated the link in the OP:facepalm:
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  5. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

  6. gawkrodger

    gawkrodger Well-Known Member

    to slightly make up for it, here's a youtube clip of loads of coppers running away

  7. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

  8. flypanam

    flypanam “There is no reason for restraint”

    This started a couple of months ago. I visit montreal 3 times a year as my gf is doing her PhD in Kingston, ON. When I was there last month the students fought a small battle with the cops after the cops tried to get UQAM students to move off an intersection at St Catherine and St Laurent.

    Yeah its all over the increase in fees. The interesting thing is that the student protest which started amoungst Quebcois at UQAM students has (for what I was told) spread for the first time through to Anglo students at McGill and Concordia Universities.
    All four universities in Montreal have student strikes with UQAM having student pickets.

    There was a big student presence at Occupy Montreal in Victoria Square. The lectuers union and other unions have made public statements supporting the students.
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  9. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Multiple injuries,106 arrests at Victoriaville tuition riot

  10. spring-peeper

    spring-peeper Well-Known Member

  11. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación

    They might need to take a page out of the Chilean's books once the government worms and backtracks...

    Any "leaders" who help negotiate (with) a privatised, race to the bottom, freemarket approach to education aren't worthy of leading really are they. Good work identifying real "efficiency savings" that the universities won't want to hear about though.

    I'll have a look for new stuff in French in a minute see if there's owt interesting.
  12. spring-peeper

    spring-peeper Well-Known Member

    I was impressed that they came up with alternatives, but then they are college and university students....

    The Montreal Gazette has been very good at covering the strike. For once, I found their reporting to be unbias.
  13. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación

    Yep, good & relevant story I just found...

    "We've been duped, strike leaders claim"

    Counter-strike student march also only manages to draw around 100 people, so clearly there's big support in favour still...
  14. copliker

    copliker ...

    Reminds me of the kids in the hall copper sketches. Hey, one of our guys on the ground there. Takin' a beatin'. Should we get oot and help? Naw, you don't wanna get involved.

  15. spring-peeper

    spring-peeper Well-Known Member

    Here's a report on Victoriaville. One of the students lost an eye and maybe his life.

  16. BigTom

    BigTom Well-Known Member

  17. Idris2002

    Idris2002 this prim barbarism

  18. spring-peeper

    spring-peeper Well-Known Member

  19. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación

    Best of luck to them, once again. Looks brutal in that video. My god they do have horrible french accents though, les Québécois... :D

  20. spring-peeper

    spring-peeper Well-Known Member


    They think they are speaking proper French. When they go to the Motherland, France, the French look down on their bastardized version.
  21. spring-peeper

    spring-peeper Well-Known Member

    Not all student support the strike. I found this on in an article about the metro system being smoke-bombed yesterday.

  22. AKA pseudonym

    AKA pseudonym Well-Known Member

    "It keeps getting worse...this student lost his eye after Quebec police shot him with a plastic bullet. Another was shot in the head and was in a coma for a night. We came this close to seeing a protester killed in our streets. Yet, the media talks about broken windows."
  23. albionism

    albionism A successful virus clinging to a speck of mud.

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  24. Idris2002

    Idris2002 this prim barbarism

    And when you go to England, the people of the Mother Country think you're American. I think I know who got the better deal there.
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  25. kidtripod

    kidtripod Well-Known Member

    This has taken a few nasty turns today. The provincial education minister has resigned, but the bail hearing for those involved in the smoke bombing was protested by a bunch that didn't exactly appreciate it being covered by the media, leading to a Quebec journalists union expressing concern about it.

    More here:

    CBC is slow, and seemingly overly cautious with their reporting.

    The whole thing has become very very strange, and everyone wonders what the new education minister will do. If court injunctions forcing CEGEPs to be opened aren't enforced because of the administration being scared to call the police (also happened today) then why have the courts make injunctions in the first place?

    I can't say the protesters are doing a decent job of winning general support. By now they've annoyed just about everyone in the Montreal area, and a good many beyond. One of the shocks about Montreal for an ex Londoner is that during a transport union strike the metro still runs at rush hour, so the unions on the whole are not oblivious.
  26. spring-peeper

    spring-peeper Well-Known Member

    Try the Montreal Gazette instead of the CBC :)

    Yesterday, the police ended up pepperspraying a number of times at one of the colleges that was trying to allow the students in. The college decided to close down. I wonder what this morning will bring. http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Rosemont+storm/6616507/story.html

    At this point, I doubt the semester can be saved. I'm wondering how they are going to accommodate all the students who are strike AND the new students entering the schools. Maybe all the students will get an automatic pass....
  27. spring-peeper

    spring-peeper Well-Known Member

    ...and we all know what to do with scabs, right?!? We hunt them down and terrorize them. We manhandle the women folks and we spray all over the walls of the schools. That will learn them idiots who want to get the education that they paid for.


    Just for a point of interest: only 1/3 of the students are on strike.
  28. Idris2002

    Idris2002 this prim barbarism

    Well, that's it, isn't it? Education shouldn't be something you pay for. The commodification of education undermines the whole idea of education.

    If the student movement is turning to personal intimidation, this may be a tactical victory, but a strategic mistake. . .
  29. copliker

    copliker ...

    Bear in mind that the national post is notoriously shit.

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