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Tens of thousands of demonstrators have filled the streets of Montreal to mark 100 days since protests began against a planned rise in student tuition fees.

People chanted "Our streets!" and carried signs and red banners. There were no reports of arrests.

An emergency bill passed by Quebec's government on Friday was aimed at curbing the protests by requiring marches to follow pre-approved routes.

Rallies since then have turned violent, with 300 arrests on Sunday alone.

Protesters say the law, Bill 78, infringes their democratic right to express themselves. They have pledged to contest it in court.

Quebec has the lowest tuition rates in Canada. The government's proposal would raise them by 80%, in increments of $254 per year (£160) for seven years.

Most of Tuesday's protesters followed a route submitted to police in advance, in accordance with the emergency bill.

However, some protesters linked with Classe, a student group with a no-compromise reputation, chose to defy the law and break away from the crowds.

Classe also said it would continue to agitate through the summer, a time of year when Montreal hosts outdoor festivals and attracts large numbers of tourists.

"Thousands of people have come to demonstrate with us, not only against the rise in tuition rates but with the intention to signal their disapproval of the special law," Classe leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois told the Associated Press news agency.

"The gesture made by tens of thousands is one of massive and collective civil disobedience."

But Quebec's minister of public safety, Robert Dutil, countered that many cities - including Geneva, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto - have implemented comparable legislation.

"Other societies with rights and freedoms to protect have found it reasonable to impose certain constraints, first of all to protect protesters, and also to protect the public," Mr Dutil told reporters.

The bill requires activists to provide the police with eight hours' notice of when and where protests are planned to take place, or face heavy fines.

Small protests took place in New York and Paris on Tuesday in solidarity with the movement in Montreal.

In Quebec, the provincial government has not backed away from the proposed increases of tuition fees, and Premier Jean Charest has been criticised by opposition parties for his handling of the protests.

Mr Charest must call an election before 2013.----

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18170492

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My computer-generated French is a bit rusty but I think they're just repeating the same BS as usual.


Added: May-23-2012 Occurred On: May-23-2012
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  • What an eye roller. Tuition fees go up? Guess why, your college professors and administrators are being paid exorbitant amounts of money. What a generation of pussies we have raised. In the face of adversity, the first reaction is gather, chant, and hold signs. If these students were truly worthy of a university education, they would be enterprising enough to come up with a better solution than whining like overgrown children.

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  • Just a few years ago in the UK tuition fees were zero. Then they were around £3000. Next academic year they will be £9000. H'm, where will it lead to?

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    • @Ratiocinator The shitty subjects are to blame like Media Studies where people learn about the life of Phil Mitchell.

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    • @Ratiocinator

      I put myself through a very mediocre University 15 years ago and got my Bachelor of Commerce for a cost of $6000 per year by working full time at night and living in a crappy basement suite. Came out with a 75k/yr job in 1997. I completed my MBA at the same mediocre University at 37 years of age last year at a cost of $32000/year X 2 years, out of my own jeans. And I didn't bat an eyelash at either cost, as I will get every nickel back in one year as I came out with my MBA with a More..

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    • @givinr that's where you're wrong, in our society we have the means to educate everyone for a reasonable cost, and we should to make a better workforce and society. Not to mention in today's job market even with a post-secondary education you are far from guaranteed a job right out of school.

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    • @reggie001

      If you grant high education to everyone whether they are qualified or not, you will water down the talent pool. Just because someone wants to be a doctor, or a physicist... whatever it is, doesn't mean they are qualified. I would not have invested 72k in a two year master program, had I not A, truly wanted it, and B, was truly qualified. What you are talking about borders on socialism.

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    • @givinr Yes its an investment for the futur. But in Quebec they cry for everything so.

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  • Great coverage - Kudos.

    This first clip set the Agenda(21) so very clear as it was led by the panda (aka the United Nations World Wild Life mascot).

    At the very least, it is clear to see that (the solidatraity) are in fact so easily led. They shouldn't be to much trouble to round-up (excuse the pun) and corral.

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  • gregsto knelt before catholic priests and sucked cock as sacrament, hence the avatar
    http://www.liveleak.com/c/gregsto

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  • fucking hippies, get a job!!

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  • stinky libturd freaks

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  • The Government of Canada and the Provincial Government of Quebec works for these students. If the will of the people is to not have increased school fees, it is the Governments DUTY to make sure the will of the people is met. That is called democracy, this protest is democracy!!

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  • I'm from Quebec and I'm so fed up to hear these fucking stupid people, they love in Quebec crying on everything, they want everything free but don,t raise nothing oh my god don't do that. I'M gonna write it in french for those bastard.
    Retourner à l'école gang d'ostie de paresseux, vous faite passé le Québec pour un endroit pas intéressant a venir visité, vous faite perdre de l'argent au commerçant, perdre du temps au travailleur. Fermer votre gueule, si vous n'êtes pas content décaliss More..

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    • @cybertasoeur Le problème au Québec c'est une gang de braillard qui veule tous gratuit mais rien payer j'enmerde le Québec et royalement en plus. Heureusement je n'y vivrais plus dans quelques mois. Non je ne suis pas poli à leur égard car maintenant c'est rendu ridicule et enfantin. C'est pas énorme l'augmentation maintenant avec leur grêve de merde ils ont perdu leur session BRAVO. 1 année de moin sur le marcher du travail qui aurait payer emplement leur étude. Moi je dis bravo au gou More..

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  • These fuckfaces will still have the lowest tuitions in Canada, even after the tuition raise. Smelly crotched, entitled fucking french assholes. Get with reality. You pricks should be grateful you have such cheap post secondary education available to you.

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