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Karl Rettino-Parazelli August 13, 2012
Original French Text: http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/education/356661/titre
Photo cation: Lucile Plourde, of Têtes blanches, carré rouge: “It is young people who woke me up.”
Groups created last spring in support of the student struggle met yesterday in Montreal to express their concern, the night before students are to be sent back to class “by condition of Law 12.”
The groups — Mères en colère et solidaires, Parents contre la hausse, Profs contre la hausse and Têtes blanches, carré rouge — spoke together to address elected officials, managers of colleges and deans of universities.
They called upon Gérald Tremblay, mayor of Montreal, and Minister of Public Security Robert Dutil to send a message to police forces to “put an end to violent police repression.”
These groups repeated their support for students, saying they would support them no matter what they decide. ”We are in favour of respecting the democratic decisions of students,” says Carole Gélinas, a member of Mères en colère et solidaires.
“What happened in spring made us realize that you can’t teach under an injunction,” added Isabelle Baez, a member of Profs contre la hausse who teaches at UQAM. ”No matter what is the outcome of the votes, we are uneasy. We are not joyfully returning to work.”
Recall that Law 12 (formerly Bill 78) stipulates that “any establishment, its management and its representatives must take appropriate measures to ensure that teaching services are provided, or continue to be provided, to students who are entitled to receive them.”
The law also says that courses must resume in colleges by Friday at the latest.
Students are anticipated to return to classes today at cegep André-Laurendeau (which is no longer on strike). Management at cegep de Maisonneuve and cegep Marie-Victorin, whose students were also anticipated to return today, have suspended classes for one more day to allow time to determine the results of strikes votes, also to be held today.
Translated from the original French by Translating the printemps érable.
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