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Marianne White September 5, 2012
Original French Text: http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2012/09/05/marois-va-annuler-la-hausse
MONTREAL- Even if she has a minority Pauline Maois has the firm intention to act rapidly to cancel the rise in tuition, and repleal Bill 101.
The elected Premier gave an overview Wednesday of the steps she wants to take.
“My government will cancel the increase in tuition by decree. Law 78 will no longer be in place.” She said, arguing that she hoped to obtain the support of the opposition parties.
Even if a decree is adopted by the government to cancel the increase, a non-confidence motion could be filed by her opponents.
“Even in a minority, I have the intention to get results for the people,” affirmed the PQ leader who accepted the verdict of the population.
[Syndicat général des professeurs et professeures de l’Université de Montréal (SGPUM)]
August 28, 2012
Original French Text: http://www.sgpum.ca/que-le-recteur-renonce-a-demander-lintervention-des-policiers/
Incidents surrounding the presence of police officers on the Université de Montréal campus in the last few hours and throughout the day yesterday have been brought to the attention of the SGPUM. We have learned that yesterday and today, August 27 and 28, the presence of police officers has been requested by the administration of the Université de Montréal.
Some professors have been assaulted by police officers. This situation is unacceptable and intolerable.
The SGPUM has received testimony by professors who are extremely worried, some even in tears. The massive and extended presence of police creates significant tensions and anxiety in the workplace for the colleagues in question. These working conditions are difficult, worrisome and abnormal, and the entire university community is thus placed in an intolerable situation.
Marc-André Cyr August 28, 2012
Original French Text: http://voir.ca/marc-andre-cyr/2012/08/28/la-democratique-invisibilite-de-la-matraque/
It has begun again… At Université de Montréal, officers of the riot squad are forcing teachers into giving their classes, filming students, threatening, sequestering, and making arrests . They are even using kettling tactics at a general assembly and barring journalists from entering. Those who have been closely following the strike are now accustomed to these scenes… However, and we are also very familiar with this yes-man rhetoric, it’s the students who are being accused, once again, of “violence and intimidation”.
In the rather tawdry flyer, the Journal de Montréal, it was stated this morning that
“At UdeM, despite the police presence around the Jean-Brillant pavilion, at least four classes have been disrupted by demonstrators.
A group of students had even barricaded itself in one of the building’s rooms. The SPVM had to intervene by virtue of the Criminal Code, given that allegations of misdemeanors had been reported to the authorities. Nineteen people have been placed under police surveillance” .
And in the pages of the Liberal party’s official bulletin, La Presse
“As part of the start of the new university semester, the SPVM is also present at UQAM in order to ensure that the return to classes goes smoothly.
Amélie Daoust-Boisvert August 6 2012
PHOTO CAPTION: Hundreds of teachers have denounced Law 12, formerly known as Bill 78, at a press conference at UQAM, August 6, 2012.
Teachers and CEGEPs and universities will respect the democratic decisions of student associations, rather than follow law 12 (formerly known as bill 78). Hundreds of teachers spoke out today [August 6, 2012] against the emergency legislation at a press conference at l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
The teachers published a manifesto signed by 1162 Quebecois teachers, joined by hundreds of colleagues around the world, for a total of about 2000 signatures.