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Martin Forgues August 9, 2012
No one can say you don’t have principles - you risked your life to defend them.
One can, however, ask why you invoke your military past to defend… exactly the opposite of what you, as a former soldier, should be resisting?
Why defend tooth and nail, with injunctions and opinion pieces, individualism and the digging of socio-economic trench lines?
Could it be that you, with your comrades in arms in the movement of “socially responsible” students (you are no longer among them but you were), have become cannon fodder for people who advocate the eradication of the public sphere and the hegemony of private interests?
Alexandre Champagne June 11, 2012
Original French Text: http://urbania.ca/blog/3150/labsurdite-du-conflit-en-6-points
I am a big fan of absurd things. Humor, moments, people, places, stories. My first reaction facing the things raised by this phenomenon is to laugh. However, for some time the absurdity that rages in the social crisis we are presently experiencing doesn’t make me want to laugh at all. It’s boring, I like to laugh. Here are six examples of things that make me smile.
Madame St-Pierre, you dared to say loud and clear that the red square is a symbol that signifies violence and intimidation. Unfortunately, you are mistaken. It saddens me to see that the person who represents my fellow artists and myself should be caught in a passing, yet easily avoided, moment of stupidity. Open your eyes, patron of the arts, and observe to what extent the majority of people who wear the red square are peaceful. Come take a look around Montreal too and you will discover without a doubt that, more often than not, the unnecessary force doesn’t come from the side of the people who, in a legitimate way, display the symbol that signifies compassion, social awakening and union against the current trouble: your government.
Gabrielle Duchaine June 8, 2012
After stirring up public debate by forcing his classmates to return to school with the first injunction of the student conflict, the “green square” Laurent Proulx has finally dropped the course of anthropology at Laval University for which he fought in court.
Ironically, the student in favor of higher tuition pleads lack of money in justify his decision. Student associations he brought to court were stunned. “It is appalling,” said Martin Boneau, the president of the student confederation from Laval University (CADEUL). “It his hard to understand considering all the time and money put into an affair that was apparently urgent.” Jérémie Tremblay, spokesperson for the association of Social Science Student, is dumbfounded: “He created a real commotion. He contributed to the polarization of the debate and the deterioration of the climate in our faculty.”