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Quebec student movement defies new crackdown law

by Jessica Squires in Quebec
Issue No. 2304

The government of Quebec in Canada is bringing in a special law in an attempt to crack down after 14 weeks of student protests. But students and workers are standing strong.

The “loi matraque”—or bludgeon law—is a sweeping measure against all forms of protest.

The law is a direct attack on student unions’ right to organise. It imposes fines for protesting within 50 metres of a campus.

The law bans “impeding access” to classes. And it demands lecturers ignore protests in order to teach.

Worse still, it requires all protest organisers to notify police eight hours in advance of any gathering of more than 50 people.

It is already clear that the people of Quebec are not going to take this lying down.

Tens of thousands demonstrated on the evening of 18 May—the 24th consecutive night time protest since a brutal police crackdown almost a month ago.

The government may hope summer will cool things down. But the protests are far from over.

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Tue 22 May 2012, 17:25 BST
Issue No. 2304
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