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Nightly protests challenge Quebec's clampdown law

by Chantal Sundaram
Issue No. 2307

Students in Quebec, Canada, marched again in defiance of the anti-protest Special Law, following the collapse of new negotiations with the government at the end of May.

Their banner read “This is not a student strike, it’s a society waking up.”

It had a picture of a pot and wooden spoon, referencing “les casseroles”.

These are the nightly neighbourhood protests where people bang pots and pans outside their homes protesting against the Special Law.

In early June, neighbourhood assemblies formed across the Montreal.

The casseroles turned around the fear of the Special Law. They were spontaneous, from outside the student movement, and they breathed life back into it.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, a student leader, called on Quebec’s unions to join students in a wider movement in the autumn.

He insisted that common demands can unite students and workers.

The next big protest is on the monthly anniversary of the strike, 22 June, in both Montreal and Quebec City.

In the meantime, the casseroles are spreading beyond Quebec to cities across Canada on a weekly basis.

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Tue 12 Jun 2012, 19:45 BST
Issue No. 2307
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