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Isabelle Porter June 23, 2012
Original French Text: http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/quebec/353221/pas-de-vacances-pour-la-contestation
Big summer march in Montreal and a record crowd in Quebec
Yesterday Quebec saw its biggest protest since the beginning of the student conflict.
A day of protests yesterday in Montreal and Quebec. The two rallies in continuance with March 22nd brought together 15 000 and 10 000 people respectively, showing that the contestation can still be heard at the beginning of school holidays.
At the foot of the monument for Sir MacDonald, place du Canada in Montreal, children, and their parents, prepare to throw balls of paper mâché at a life-sized effigy of Jean Charest, made up as a clown. “Who wants to try?” asks an organizer, loaded with ammunition, to no one in particular. The tone is excited; the mood of the fourth large 22 protest will be decidedly summery and festive on the first day of summer and of school holidays, to the great happiness of ice cream vendors.
In Montreal, while the temperature joyfully exceeded 30 degrees Celsius, the crowd nearing from 10 000 to 15 0000 peoples, a more modest result that previous 22 protests. Of course the mobilization is less strong, more difficult at the moment. Students work and return to their families, recognized Camille Robert, co-spokesperson for the Coalition large de l’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (CLASSE), “but we’re not really worried, the mobilization is transforming. For example, the casseroles gave birth to the community assemblies (assemblées de quartier)”. For her colleague Jeanne Reynolds, also co-spokesperson for CLASSE, “the protests aren’t everything, they are part of a group of diverse complimentary tactics. […] The summer may also be an opportunity to take some distance, to stand back and return with new ideas.”
June 22, 2012
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Like on the 22nd of every month since March, a large national protest took place in Montreal, but this time in Quebec City too, to protest against the tuition fee hike and against bill 78, regarding, among others, the right to protest. They brought together tens of thousands of people.
In Montreal, the protest took place peacefully, in a festive and peaceful atmosphere. Many families participated in the march alongside students, but also elected officials, including the spokespersons for Quebec solidaire, Amir Khadir and Françoise David, and union organizations like l’Alliance de la fonction publique du Canada.
Event: March against the student-fee hike
By : CLASSE
Date : June 22nd, 2pm to 5pm
Location : Place du Canada, Montreal
Description : On June 22nd, let’s walk together in protest against the student-fee hike and Bill 78. The Coalition large de l’ASSÉ (CLASSE) invites all Quebeckers to join us and march in the streets of Montreal. We must all stand together against the antisocial policies of the Charest government.
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/100800863395179/
Event : Reclaiming the National Assembly!
By : JAPPEL15M
Date : June 22nd, noon to June 25th, 11pm
Location : Quebec National Assembly