Canadas Largest Act of Civil Disobedience! 300 000 + Defy Anti-Protest Bill in Montreal!

Canada’s Largest Act of Civil Disobedience! 300 000 + Defy Anti-Protest Bill in Montreal!

Montréal : manif nationale étudiante 22 mars 2012

Published on Mar 23, 2012 by 

manifestation nationale étudiante du 22 mars 2012 à montréal

200 000 personnes sont descendus dans les rues pour manifester contre la hausse des droits de scolarité de 75% en cinq ans au québec.

Montreal Students Protest march 22, 2012

200 000 Quebecers protest tuition hike

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Published on 24 May 2012 by 

On May 22, 2012 Hundreds of thousands of people (reports range from 200,000 to 500,000) marched on the 100th straight day of protest to support student strikers and to speak out against Bill 78, a draconian anti protest bill that puts dangerous limits on Quebec’s freedom of Expression, Assembly and Speech. It was a beautiful day of playful revelry and civil disobedience.

Music by: Prolific and Reanimator – “The Ugly Truth” (1st song) and Immortal Technique “The Martyr” (last 2 songs).

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RAW 250,000 Massive Montreal Rally marks 100 days of Student Protests

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Published on 22 May 2012 by 

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May 22, 2012- Montreal, Quebec, This is what an estimated 250,000 student protesters looks like from the air, Protesters defy Anti-protest bill 78 and mark the 100th day of student protests! Called the Single biggest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history

05/22/2012 PHOTOS :http://live.montrealgazette.com/Event/Protests_on_Day_100_of_the_Quebec_student_conflict?Page=0

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May 22, 2012- MONTREAL – A protest that organizers are describing as the single biggest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history choked the streets of downtown Montreal. “By 3:30 p.m., a little more than 90 minutes after the marches began to snake their way through downtown Montreal, CLASSE, which would later estimate the crowd at about 250,000, described the march as “the single biggest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history. Montreal police, refuse publicly to estimate crowd size.”

Crowd number source:

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Thousands+take+streets+100th+strike/6661077/story.html#ixzz1vdbjshYj

“Reported estimates placed the number of protesters Tuesday at between 100,000 and 250,000.” source:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/just-watch-us-100-days-in-protesters-declare-their-right-to-march/article2440566/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A+RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=News&utm_content=2440566

May 22, 2012, On Day 100 of Quebec student strikes, Montreal protest goes international

Parallel events were being organized Tuesday in New York, Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. In France, a few hundred people, including many Quebecers, congregated near Paris’ famous Notre Dame Cathedral.

Organized by the Occupy Wall Street movement and by the group Strike Everywhere, the first New York event was designed to raise awareness about the Quebec protests while the second was about opposing anti-protest laws all over the world.
source:

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/on-day-100-of-quebec-student-strikes-red-river-of-protest-runs-through-montreal-152640335.html

Thousands of protesters march through the streets of Montreal in a massive protest against tuition fee hikes on Tuesday, May 22, 2012.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

MONTREAL – A river of red-clad protesters rippled through downtown Montreal Tuesday to mark the 100th day of Quebec’s student strikes, while smaller events were held in other cities.

But the peace of the day’s protest didn’t extend into the evening as the fourth straight night of clashes between demonstrators and police erupted in a flurry of thrown objects and bursts of pepper spray.

Earlier in the day, tens of thousands of people clogged Montreal’s city core in a festive, multi-headed march designed to make a mockery of a new provincial law that demands protest routes be approved in advance.

Even a famous provincial politician, Independent MNA Pierre Curzi, joined the crowds that strayed off the announced path in a mass demonstration of defiance against the law. A prominent student organizer wandering in the throng went further, practically daring authorities to punish him.

Organizers said the crowd size rivalled the massive protests held the two previous months, on the 22nd of March and April.

While polls in recent weeks suggested the striking students had lost considerable public support, they appeared to have been galvanized in recent days by the new Quebec law.

Since that law passed, people in central Montreal neighbourhoods have appeared on their balconies and in front of their houses to defiantly bang pots and pans in a clanging protest every night at 8 p.m.

Related events were organized Tuesday in New York, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, which saw only a tiny group of people show up to protest. In France, a few hundred congregated near Paris’ famous Notre Dame Cathedral.

A stone’s throw from the Seine River, people in Paris waved flags in a crowd that included many Quebecers, some of whom had brought their own signs, like one that read: “Quebec is becoming a dictatorship.”

There were two demonstrations scheduled in New York — one at Rockefeller Plaza where Quebec government offices are located, and another at Washington Park later in the day.

Organized by the Occupy Wall Street movement and by the group Strike Everywhere, the first New York event was designed to raise awareness about the Quebec protests while the second was about opposing anti-protest laws all over the world.

Between 20 and 40 people gathered in front of Quebec’s government office in New York. A few handed out red squares, the symbol of the student protest movement.

The events came several days after the Quebec law set conditions on protests, with stiff financial penalties for transgressors — a move that appears to have fanned the flames of the Quebec student movement.

“An increase in the powers of police and the state anywhere is an attack on us everywhere,” said the release for the New York event.

Within Canada, organizers of the Calgary gathering described Quebec’s law as draconian, and encouraged people to meet in support of Quebec students.

There are other hints the student unrest could spread outside the province. The Canadian Federation of Students is being asked by some members to call an Ontario-wide strike vote this fall in a show of solidarity with Quebec students.

“A campaign of mass educationals, solidarity delegations and mass mobilizations should be used to lead up towards a student strike in Ontario,” says a petition being circulated among students.

While the protest in Vancouver was much smaller Tuesday, participants expressed solidarity with the Quebec student cause.

Oliver Harwood, 42, arrived early and handed out red fabric squares that he had cut out moments before.

Harwood said the protest, like the Occupy Movement, is really about the injustice and the growing sense in society that “things are not right.”

Meanwhile, in Montreal, tens of thousands of people of all ages were marching, while wearing the iconic red square. The crowd ranged from hardcore elements carrying posters with revolutionary slogans, to elderly marchers, students’ parents, and groups of people bused in from the Ottawa area.

While less than one-third of Quebec’s post-secondary students are actually on strike, they have attracted some support from people angry at the provincial government.

The new law requires organizers to give police eight hours’ notice about when and where a protest will happen, and sets fines for offenders.

There was some debate in the crowd Tuesday over whether to stick to the pre-approved route supplied to police, or whether to wander off in defiance of the controversial law.

Under encouragement from the more hardline C.L.A.S.S.E. student group, a minority of protesters broke off from the main crowd in a symbolic slap at the Bill 78. Then the crowd continued to disintegrate into additional factions.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokerperson for the group, called the demonstration a historic act of widespread civil disobedience.

He said he was prepared to suffer the consequences.

“We are ready to act according to our constitutional rights and if this has judicial consequences we will assume those consequences,” he said.

“So personally I will be ready to face justice, if I need to.”

Having taken a beating over four days from people accusing it of trampling democratic rights, the Quebec government began a counter-offensive in support of its law Tuesday.

At a news conference, Public Security Minister Robert Dutil read from a list of cities with equally tough, or even tougher, rules for organizing protests.

Dutil listed Geneva, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, France and Spain as jurisdictions that require far more than eight hours’ notice — up to 40 days, in the case of L.A. — in order to hold a protest.

“Other societies with rights and freedoms to protect have found it reasonable to impose certain constraints – first of all to protect protesters, and also to protect the public,” Dutil said.

But the Charest government’s critics accused it of badly mismanaging the crisis.

One opposition party suggested a solution to the impasse: an election.

The Coalition For Quebec’s Future said the government, following a series of corruption scandals, had lost the moral authority to lead. It suggested Premier Jean Charest should promise to call an election in September to help ease the tension immediately.

For its part, the Parti Quebecois urged Charest to head back to the bargaining table with the students. It said the premier had made things worse with his decision to legislate instead of negotiate.

“This law, sadly, didn’t solve anything and won’t solve anything,” Marois said.

“The premier has lost control of the situation… Can the premier tell us how he intends to put an end to this crisis rattling Quebec? What happens now?”

There was a show of solidarity from the Montreal transit workers union as hundreds of people turned out for the 29th evening protest, which began as a rowdy but mainly peaceful march and later degenerated into a series of skirmishes between protesters and police. Projectiles were hurled at police and windows were smashed in various locations, prompting police to use chemical irritants as they moved into to arrest dozens of demonstrators.

The powerful transit union, which denounced the law, urged its members not to drive buses used to transport police during the demonstrations. City buses are used to shuttle riot squads during the marches and often to house prisoners after arrests.

(With files from Nelson Wyatt in Montreal and Kevin Drew in Vancouver)

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version wrongly said the Canadian Federation of Students wants to call an Ontario-wide strike vote this fall, a claim based on incorrectly attributing to the group a letter that called for mass mobilizations to lead towards a student strike in Ontario.

Montreal Protests: Anti-Protest Bill 78 Passes ‘worst law’ since War Measures Act
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May 22, 2012 Crowd Photo: http://instagr.am/p/K8GBkeSCGs/

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May 22, 2012- Massive Montreal rally marks 100 days of student protests
Carrying signs, chanting slogans and wearing the iconic student movement’s red felt square, most protesters followed a pre-approved route submitted to police, as required by Quebec’s new protest law.

CLASSE said Monday it would direct members to defy Bill 78, Quebec’s emergency legislation.

The special law was adopted last Friday, suspending the winter semester and imposing strict limits on student protests. Organizers have to submit their itinerary to authorities in advance, or face heavy fines.

CLASSE leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois said the special legislation goes beyond students and their tuition-hike conflict.

“We want to make the point that there are tens of thousands of citizens who are against this law who think that protesting without asking for a permit is a fundamental right,” he said, walking side-by-side with other protesters behind a large purple banner.

“If the government wants to apply its law, it will have a lot of work to do. That is part of the objective of the protest today, to underline the fact that this law is absurb and inapplicable.”
source: http://news.ca.msn.com/local/montreal/massive-montreal-rally-ends-with-police-clashes-2
May 22, 2012 – Quebec opposition says emergency law is a flop

‘The premier has lost control of the situation’—Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois

Quebec’s opposition parties have taken aim at the Charest government for failing to restore order in the streets of Montreal, charging that its controversial emergency law, Bill 78, is not working.

“We gave him the tools that he asked for last Friday, and yet, all weekend, we saw what happened,” said Legault. “I don’t think the people in the streets are against the tuition hikes.”

Quebec opposition says emergency law is a flop

Premier Jean Charest pleads for social peace

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Posted: May 22, 2012 6:19 PM ET

Last Updated: May 22, 2012 6:15 PM ET

The Parti Québécois, opposed to the emergency law from the start, said the legitimacy of the Charest government is now at stake.
source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/05/22/quebec-opposition-slams-bill-78-100th-day.html

Quebec Education Minister Michelle Courchesne said Monday night's relatively peaceful demonstration showed protests can take place within the parametres of the new law.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

uebec Education Minister Michelle Courchesne said Monday night’s relatively peaceful demonstration showed protests can take place within the parametres of the new law.

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Quebec’s opposition parties have taken aim at the Charest government for failing to restore order in the streets of Montreal, charging that its controversial emergency law, Bill 78, is not working.

From the national assembly Tuesday, Liberal Premier Jean Charest implored protesters to obey the new law, pleading for peace on the streets.

“The law is fair,” said Charest. “The law is there to ensure social peace.”

The special law was adopted last Friday, suspending the winter university and college semester and imposing strict limits on student protests. Protest organizers are now required to submit their planned route to authorities in advance, or face heavy fines.

‘The premier has lost control of the situation’—Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois

The changes have drawn criticism from many, but Public Safety Minister Robert Dutil pointed out that many other cities in Canada, the U.S. and Europe have equally tough, or even tougher, rules for protest organizers.

Quebec’s new law asks for eight hours notice ahead of a planned protest.

But opposition parties expressed frustration Tuesday. The Coalition Avenir Québec supported the government’s emergency education law, but after a weekend of increasing violence in Montreal, CAQ leader François Legault said Tuesday it hasn’t worked.

“We gave him the tools that he asked for last Friday, and yet, all weekend, we saw what happened,” said Legault. “I don’t think the people in the streets are against the tuition hikes.”

The Parti Québécois, opposed to the emergency law from the start, said the legitimacy of the Charest government is now at stake.

“Quebec is torn apart, divided,” said Pauline Marois. “The premier has lost control of the situation.”

The opposition politicians’ comments came as tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Montreal to mark the 100th day of protests against the planned tuition fee hikes.

Education minister sees no return to talks

Education Minister Michelle Courchesne said she sympathizes with everyone who has to work in Montreal, particularly retailers and restaurant staff.

PQ leader Pauline Marois said the premier has lost control of the situation.PQ leader Pauline Marois said the premier has lost control of the situation.“I think it’s really difficult,” Courchese said. “What we want most is social peace,”

Courchesne said Monday night’s relatively peaceful demonstration showed protests can take place within the parameters of the new law.

Overnight Sunday and into Monday, at least 300 people were arrested and 20 were injured during protests in Montreal.

She said she is confident that calm will return to Montreal’s streets, however Courchesne is less certain about a return to negotiations with student leaders anytime soon — especially with CLASSE openly calling for protesters to defy Bill 78.

“Once they are asking (people) to disobey laws and have that strong attitude regarding the respect of laws, I presuppose that they don’t want to come back to the table,” said Courchesne.

With files from The Canadian Press

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