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Valérian Mazataud July 23, 2012
Original French Text: http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/education/355164/pas-de-vacances-pour-les-carres-rouges
Thousands of demonstrators marched in opposition to neo-liberalism
PHOTO CAPTION: Participants were out in great numbers yesterday in Montreal on the occasion of the 160th day of social action and the fifth national demonstration on the 22nd of the month.
“Less strong, but broader.” In bringing together thousands of people into the centre of Montreal in the midst of the summer construction workers’ holiday, the Broader Coalition of the Association for Student Union Solidarity (CLASSE) is hoping to plant the seed of durable dissent on (what is likely) the eve of the provincial elections.
For the 160th day of social protest, the marchers returned again yesterday in the early afternoon at Place Emilie –Gamelin. Though at the overnight protest of the previous evening there were barely more than 30 people, this fifth national demonstration on the 22nd of the month brought from 15,000 (according to AFP) to 80,000 (according to CLASSE) to the streets of Montreal. The student coalition had invited the participants to come out via a Facebook page with the stated aim of ousting the neo-liberals.
July 22 2012
Original French Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9IsVemVIDs
Host: My friends, this song is appropriate because today once again, we were 80 000 to have disobeyed the infamous Loi 78. Thanks for having come out again in such great numbers. I think we can be proud. And we can even tell Jean Charest himself. We are at his office. Do you have something to tell Mr Charest right now? [Crowd boos]. Mr Charest thought that we were going to run out of breath. But in three weeks, Mr Charest thinks that we will be going door to door for the Parti Québécois. But we have a surprise for him. In three weeks, Mr Charest, Quebec’s students will be back in the picket lines, they’ll be back on strike. And to speak to us about that, let’s welcome Gabriel Nadeau Dubois from CLASSE.
Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois: Hello everyone!! Thank you, thank you infinitely for having come out in such great numbers today. We were 80 000. We showed all those who were talking about [us] running out of breath that they were wrong. You have shown them that they were wrong! For a few weeks now, our movement has been attacked more than ever. The Right has doubled their strength to chase us from campuses, to chase us from festivals, to chase us from certain towns in Quebec. We are now witnessing a witch hunt that is putting Quebec society to shame.
Public Event by Ensemble, bloquons la hausse
Original French Text: https://www.facebook.com/events/158121600990237/
Date: July 22, 2012
Time: See list of cities in description and on event wall for individual details
Each month has its 22. This time, CLASSE invites all citizens to massively take to the streets to demonstrate not only in Montreal, but in each and every city in Quebec. Publish your region’s rallying spot on the event’s wall!
Caroline Montpetit July 13 2012
For the co-spokespeople of CLASSE, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and Jeanne Reynolds, not getting involved in the next electoral campaign would be a bad choice.
Though it refuses to back any particular political party, CLASSE has set itself the clear goal of booting the Liberals from office the next time Quebecers go to the polls.
This is what Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson of CLASSE, said at a press conference yesterday in Montreal, while presenting CLASSE’s manifesto and announcing the party’s plan of action for the upcoming weeks. ”We do not support any political party, but, undeniably, we are against one party,” he said. Posters announcing a protest planned for July 22 at Parc Emilie-Gamelin, in Montreal, read: “July 22, out with the neo-liberals.” On the reverse side of a document denouncing policies of neo-liberal governments of the last 20 years, it says, “The Liberal government is the latest in this line.”
The office of the director general of elections in Quebec reiterated yesterday that it is forbidden for a third party to use funds in support of, or against, a group involved in the elections. ”We are up-to-date about electoral law,” said Ludvic Moquin-Beaudry, CLASSE’s media relations officer. ”And we will be doubly careful starting at the moment the electoral campaign begins.” Moquin-Beaudry says that the term ‘neo-liberal’ does not just apply to the current Liberal government, but also to the CAQ and a significant minority within the Parti Quebecois. ”Obviously, we are not touring through Quebec to tell people how to vote,” he said.