In March, 2012, students in Montreal, Canada took to the streets to protest the Quebec Liberal government's intention to raise tuition by 75% over five years.
The red square
, a symbol of the last student strike, quickly became the symbol of this one as well.
"MONTREAL: 18th April, 2012. Despite the ultimatum detailed by minister Beauchamp this morning, the Coalition large de l’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (CLASSE) maintained its position on recent events. “Two weeks ago, following the bolstering of student loans, Mrs. Beauchamp ordered the student movement to hold a new vote on the strike. Today, she is asking student spokespersons to stake their position within 24 hours, while we have been on strike for nine weeks, and without consulting the tens of thousands of striking students”, declared Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson for CLASSE."
on Quebec streets have grown increasingly violent
since the beginning of the strike, and the streets are still full of
marching students. Meanwhile, some have begun to frame the student strike
as part of a larger cultural movement; a movement against the corporate agenda in universities, public sector cuts, and a neo-liberal agenda in Canadian government.
In the twelfth
week of protest, students continue to reject government settlements, and some think that it's only a matter of time before the government capitulates, while others claim
the movement lacks support. The issue is not without controversy
, and some fellow students have voiced their own frustrations
with the movement.