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Annie Mathieu July 3, 2012
CAPTION: Thomas Prédour is one of the two Belgians who, called by the student conflict, distributed red squares at the International forum for the French language (Forum mondial de la langue française). Photo: LE SOLEIL, ERICK LABBÉ
(Québec) In addition to wearing it, two members of the Belgian delegation to the International forum for the French language undertook the distribution of the felted red square, the symbol of the student struggle in the province, to the delegates participating in the event. The young residents of Brussels also want to show their solidarity with Quebeckers “in a peaceful manner”.
Aged 30 and 32 respectively, Thomas Prédour and Mathias Bressan were called to by the student conflict and the echoes that they had in their country. But it’s when they met the spokesperson for the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec, Éliane Laberge, on Monday that they had the idea of pinning a red square to their clothing and to have them distributed.
Canadian Press June 10, 2012
The FECQ plans to continue mobilizing over the summer, but this mobilization should now be focused on the malaise expressed by Quebeckers, according to new FECQ president, Éliane Laberge.
This is the assessment made by the members of the association during their congress this past weekend.
The congress was an opportunity for FECQ members to gain some perspective on and update their campaign against tuition hikes, now over 115 days long
Laberge believes that the student movement is entering a new stage, but that it will still be possible to “keep the population engaged” during the summer. Her group will be launching a large mobilization between June 17th and 22nd, which will culminate in two large gatherings in Montréal and Québec. Students will also be participating in mobilizing and awareness-raising in different festivals in Québec.
Laberge is confident that activists will respond to the call “with as much joy as willingness” when last-minute events are proposed. The FECQ president also reacted to criticisms of CLASSE put forward by the former leader of the Bloc Québecois, Gilles Duceppe, saying that she was not there to “judge [her] comrades” and that different people (and organizations) will do things differently. She added that all Québecois citizens, including Mr. Duceppe, had the right to their own opinion.
May 31, 2012
Original French Text: http://noussommeslesfilles.com/2012/05/31/eliane-laberge/
Éliane is 19. She will be president of the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec (FECQ) as of this Friday, June 1st 2012.
Éliane grew up in the Mile-end, where she developed very young her natural role as a community member. Since elementary school she has been involved in her environmental committee, then in secondary school, she was part of the committee of international solidarity.