The red squares were back en masse on Thursday as several thousand students marched through the streets of downtown Montreal in support of free tuition — the latest salvo in an ongoing student push for more accessible university education.
Although a tuition freeze is in effect for this year, about 60,000 students voted for a day, or a few days, of boycotting classes to support the International Student Movement, which organized worldwide protests in favour of free education, and opposing the commercialization of education, for the week of Nov. 14 to 22.
Students snaked their way from Victoria Square back to their favourite gathering spot, Place Émilie Gamelin, where the protest quietly dispersed. Police said there were no arrests and just a little mischief, mainly targeting them.
Although the demonstration was backed by one of the largest student groups, the Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ), it’s not supported by either the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec (FEUQ) or the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec (FECQ). … Read more.