Arab Today, arab today quebec student protest boils over
Last Updated : GMT 17:58:30
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Quebec student protest boils over

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Quebec student protest boils over

Students from University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) gather for silent march
Montreal - AFP

An ongoing student protest in Quebec is boiling over following clashes with riot police, arrests and significant damage to a university campus, reminiscent of 2012 demonstrations that gripped the Canadian province.
Students, often wearing masks, have held demonstrations at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) since late March when several of their unions voted to strike over cost-cutting measures in the Quebec government's recent budget.
Twenty-two students were arrested by police who stormed in with tear gas, following a protest on the campus where hallways were barricaded, vending machines smashed and desks overturned.
They were charged with violating a court injunction obtained by the school administration to prevent protestors from blocking access to classes, and ordering them to "cease and abstain from all forms of intimidation both physical and mental, making threats, harassment or provocations."
But the tough measures backed by the Quebec government have divided local residents.
"I support the students' demands but I'm against their blockading classrooms," said first-year law student Marie-Perle Nadeau.
She told AFP the demonstrations against the government's austerity measures felt "much more politicized" than in the past.
- History of protests -
In 2012, more than 100 sometimes violent protests were held over rising university tuition costs. More than 165,000 students refused to attend class and tens of thousands took part in demonstrations.
The protest movement eventually morphed into a larger campaign against government corruption, mismanagement and injustice that helped oust the Liberal government after snap elections.
Another Liberal government, with a new leader, returned to power last year.
As his Liberal predecessor did before him, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard denounced the latest demonstrations, calling protesters' conduct "inacceptable."
"If a hooded person entered my place to cause a ruckus, I'd call the police," he said Wednesday.
His education minister, Francois Blais, held a press conference Thursday afternoon to offer public support to the university chancellor who has come under fire from professors and others for calling in the police to restore calm.
"Chancellor, we support you and are confident that your university will recover from the affront that is was made to suffer by a few individuals," he said.
UQAM chancellor Robert Proulx said there was "a lot of vandalism and broken windows" and a huge mess to clean up after the Wednesday night fracas.
He ordered the temporary closure of a campus building that saw most of the damage, and asked professors to hold classes even if students who claimed to be on strike didn't show up.
But the union representing teachers balked, saying professors were effectively being asked to cross a picket line. They called for Proulx's resignation.
Michele Nevert, president of the professors' union, denounced what she called Proulx's hypocrisy for implementing budget cuts ordered by the government while claiming to oppose them.
For student Marie Tremblay, the focus should not be on the chancellor's actions, but rather on the violence that makes "UQAM look like a bunch of anarchists."
Her friend Vanessa Collin, who is more focused on passing her upcoming exams, defended students' right to strike but suggested that protests not be held at night in order to avoid clashes with police.
"I can't support violence from either side," said another student who declined to give his name.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today quebec student protest boils over Arab Today, arab today quebec student protest boils over

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Ideen Belmahdy happy to be part of “ Fashion Star”

GMT 17:00 2017 Sunday ,26 February

Ideen Belmahdy happy to be part of “ Fashion Star”
Arab Today, arab today Tourist guide explains types of tourism

GMT 18:28 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Tourist guide explains types of tourism
Arab Today, arab today Expresses Algerian history by woody figures

GMT 13:26 2017 Friday ,24 February

Expresses Algerian history by woody figures
Arab Today, arab today Iran complying with nuclear deal

GMT 07:14 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Iran complying with nuclear deal
Arab Today, arab today Ayat Abaza says state TV presented major stars

GMT 03:52 2017 Sunday ,26 February

Ayat Abaza says state TV presented major stars
View News in Arabic - Education: تقارير وملفات
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Reading therapy relieves mental disorders

GMT 15:39 2017 Friday ,24 February

Reading therapy relieves mental disorders
Arab Today, arab today UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years
Arab Today, arab today Penguins in the age of dinos

GMT 11:44 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Penguins in the age of dinos
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today 'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union

GMT 08:54 2017 Saturday ,25 February

'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Ola Ghanem hopes to work with M.Ramadan

GMT 07:23 2017 Friday ,24 February

Ola Ghanem hopes to work with M.Ramadan
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 06:08 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Actress Lobna Abdel Aziz proud of her career

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 13:47 2017 Friday ,24 February

Rabia Fatima reveals role of "Facebook" in her career

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 20:33 2017 Friday ,17 February

To release new antiques collection

GMT 10:20 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Brazil's top diplomat resigns

GMT 11:54 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Saudis await visitors but will they come?

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday