Quebec Students Protest Against Austerity

QuebecKaren Seidman and Kevin Dougherty write on the Montreal Gazette:

Attempts to have any kind of normalcy on the campus of the Universite de Montreal in the wake of an ongoing student strike completely unravelled on Wednesday after the administration was forced to retreat on its efforts to provide classes in striking departments for students who don’t support the boycott.

Tensions were high not just at U de M, but on many Quebec campuses, where there were clashes as students resisted hardline tactics to try to force them back to class during the tenth week of their protest over tuition increases of $1,625 over five years.

Injunctions taken by university administrations backfired as students found increasingly violent and disruptive ways to ensure campus activities could not resume, such as broken windows, vandalized art work and fire alarms going off during exams at U de M.

And, as many different groups involved in the dispute called on each other to condemn the growing use of violence and vandalism, it became clear that efforts at mediation could provoke militancy…

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    From what I understand from a radio interview broadcast last night, CLASSE, the most controversial of the student groups, claims the allegiance of over 1/2 of all students on strike.  I don’t recall seeing that statistic in this article.

    If that’s true, I think that’s a crucial detail.  Whatever a person’s feelings about the morality of their position, it has to be admitted that a negotiated settlement excluding the single largest constituency fails most convetional definitions of the terms “settlement” or “negotiation”.

    • Jin The Ninja

      yes and yes. CLASSE isn`t promoting the more `violent` disruptions but neither is it  denouncing them. a very resonable position i think. solidarity. still that proves too radical for the current Liberal Party PM and the admins of the U of Q system. i have to give props to the quebecois on this, because i think they are utilising a diversity of tactics and not allowing the propaganda to dissuade them from their agenda.

    • Patrick Paul

       ”…A negotiated settlement excluding the single largest constituency…”
      The largest constituency is the public taxpayer, the majority of whom are for the tuition increases.

  • Okarin

    “hardline tactics to try to force them back to class” isn’t uni a voluntary thing?

  • Poisoning Pigeons In The Park

    >Quebec Students Protest for Free Milk from the Public Tit

    FTFY

    • Jin The Ninja

      tuition =/= free milk. they are protesting a tuition INCREASE. while i firmly believe in absolutely  free higher ed (a mark of an open and equal democracy)- let’s stick to facts shall we.