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Marc Allard and Annie Mathieu July 3, 2012
Caption: Belgian student Thomas Prédour tried to approach Jean Charest to offer him a red square at the reception Monday night. Photo: Le Soleil, Yan Doublet
(Quebec City) Two Belgian participants at the international Forum on French language were pushed by one of Jean Charest’s bodyguards Monday night.
During a reception, around 7 p.m., Mathias Bressan was blocked by a bodyguard when he tried to offer a red square to the Premier. His colleague, Thomas Prédour, told the media yesterday that he then took back the red square and attempted to “discuss” with the Premier.
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.
By Michel Lambert, Executive Director, ALTERNATIVES June 3, 2012
At the time of writing these lines, the very predictable and unilateral rupture of negotiations by the Charest government has just been announced. The faint glimmer of hope brought on by a few days of discussions has vanished. Student negotiators had accepted the government’s financial frame. In the name of social peace, they had also considered financing university-funding increases in part by accepting a loss in personal fiscal advantages for students.
However, the government refuses any ending whereby the student associations will not submit completely. The compromise is judged insufficient and Michèle Courchesne must slam the door. Later, Jean Charest repeats that any “solution” to the crisis will need to maintain its initial problematic premise! Arrogance and contempt once more, and since day one. Clearly, the students will not give in.
Open letter on the part of university professors in Quebec and France May 30, 2012
As university teachers and researchers in Quebec and France, we have a close rapport with our universities and our students, whose education we contribute to on both sides of the Atlantic. Faced with the current situation in Quebec, we are torn between anger and hope. Anger at the cynicism of a government that has repressed dialogue and let the situation deteriorate for too long. Hope in response to a blossoming movement that is sowing the seeds of irreversible change in its path.
Let’s start with the anger. Over the past three months, Premier Jean Charest and his government have plunged Quebec into one of the worst social crises in its history.
Nicolas Bérubé May 26th, 2012
(Los Angeles) They shouted and hit their pots and pans under the surprised looks of onlookers. Saturday, in a park in Hollywood, protesters chanted their support for Québec students and conveyed their concerns in the face of law 78.
The festive protest marked one of the rare incursions in California into issues linked to Québec politics.
Shaun Arora, Los Angeles native married to a Quebecker, said that it’s law 78, adopted earlier this month, which pushed him to come protest.
“In my mind, Canada is a progressive country,” he said, his voice buried under the songs of Loco Locass and Mes Aïeux that resonated in the loudspeakers. You have legalized gay marriage, you have a universal health care system… to vote in a law that tells people when to protest, that doesn’t work in a democracy.”
The protest unfolded in good spirits and joined together 20 people. The assembly, which took place at Lake Hollywood Park was organized by Mukta Cholette, a Montrealer who settled in Los Angeles four years ago.
“Normally, I am not very close to current Québec politics, but since the strike I inform myself every day,” she said. “It was the images of police violence transmitted by CUTV and the insolent commentaries of Jean Charest toward that protesters that pushed me to organize a protest.”
May 20th, 2012 l’Humanité
Originally published in French here: http://www.humanite.fr/fil-rouge/le-22-mai-a-paris-rassemblement-de-soutien-au-mouvement-des-etudiants-quebecois
This Tuesday May 22 at 6pm in Paris in front of the monumental fountain at Place Saint-Michel, an assembly in support of the Quebec student movement will be held. The date and time are based on the desire to be synchronized with numerous protests occurring throughout Quebec at the very same time, just across the ocean.
Our support beyond borders will be a strong symbol for these students who are seeking to legitimately express their defense of their right to education. Remember that this conflict began following the proposed increase of tuition fees, already extremely high compared to our own standards, of 75% over 5 years. Such a measure would not only increase the number of indebted students after their studies, but would also restrict access to higher education for others.
The government’s sole response, in light of the greatest protest movement in this region’s history, seeks to trample the student movement instead of opening honest and serious negotiations. A special law was even urgently passed last week to frame and thereby restrict the right to protest. Yet an advanced democracy cannot flout 200 000 of its youth, mobilized for their future since March, with complete impunity.
We therefore invite all the citizens of Paris and friends of Quebec to join this assembly to display our democratic solidarity to the whole planet.
Translated from the original French by Translating the printemps érable.
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