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Philippe Teisceira-Lessard July 13, 2012
Original French Text: http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/dossiers/conflit-etudiant/201207/13/01-4543449-loi-78-les-associations-etudiantes-font-appel-du-jugement.php?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers&utm_contenuinterne=cyberpresse_BO2_quebec_canada_178_accueil_POS2
PHOTO CAPTION: A demonstrator during the May 22 march | Credit: Alain Roberge, La Presse
The student associations remain hopeful that Law 78 will be suspended in time for the resumption of the school year, in August-September.
They have filed an appeal of the unfavorable ruling issued by Judge François Rolland at the end of June.
Félix-Antoine Michaud, an attorney for the students, confirmed that it will be heard next Wednesday by the Court of Appeal. The court will first have to decide whether an appeal is permissible before it hears the substantive arguments.
In June, the student associations tried to argue that Law 78 violated their right to demonstrate. Judge Rolland, however, disagreed with them.
“The provisions (of Law 78) govern demonstrations, but do not prohibit them, even if certain limitations are imposed,” he wrote in his judgment.
“Moreover, the evidence shows that problems and escalations occur when there has been no prior communication of a route, even if the majority of participants seems to conduct itself properly,” he indicated later on.
Translated from the original French by Translating the printemps érable.
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