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The Passion in Quebec

Tuition peeve or spectacular revolt?

ELOI BRUNELLE

The mood on the streets of Montreal is electric, with growing numbers of activists flooding the streets nightly, banging pots and pans and vowing to protest until victorious. One jammer described the scene: “I come home from these protests euphoric. The first night I returned, I sat down on my couch and I burst into tears, as the act of resisting, loudly, with my neighbors, so joyfully, had released so much tension that I had been carrying around with me, fearing our government, fearing arrest, fearing for the future. I felt lighter… Every night is teargas and riot cops, but it is also joy, laughter, kindness, togetherness, and beautiful music. Our hearts are bursting…”

After over 100 days of protest, the question is whether the students will go beyond a simple demand for free education to begin struggling for a totally different future.

As one commentator put it: “While student issues are important, the Red Square has come to represent something much more than just disgruntled student demonstrators against tuition hikes. It has become another symbol – think the tent and the term Occupy – of a growing awareness that continuing the ‘business as usual’ model in Canada will not solve economic or social inequalities and we are, in fact, heading towards economic and social disaster.”

By pushing through an unpopular and authoritarian anti-protest law, Bill 78, which bans demonstrations near universities, and declares protests consisting of more than 50 people illegal (unless routes, times, and transportation methods have been cleared by police), authorities have handed students an opportunity to shift the uprising onto new terrain: the struggle over the future of democracy… the same struggle that animates the global Occupy insurrection.

Ultimately, youth have the passion and the daring to catalyze a spectacular global revolt. But to pull it off, they’ll need to keep going deeper, past Ivory Tower protests, and start rebelling against the black hole future that awaits us all.

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Anonymous

A University education is a social obligation.

That's why a Grade 10 drop-out deserves to be trained as a brain surgeon.

I volunteer your brain.

Anonymous

How can you make a distinction on education? If someone has a right to a basic education then that should last until they are satisfied they have all knowledge they want.

Anonymous

"Until they are satisfied..." lol, are you serious? Tax payers have to foot the bill until your satisfied with your education. If a person wants to be a career student and get 10 different bachelor degrees, society should have to support them!? Thats ludicrous. There is no free education, somebody has to pay. All the Quebec government wants is for students to contribute a little bit more to their already heavily subsidized education. They have kept tuition rates artificially low for a long time. I don't see how this is considered unfair.

Anonymous

If university education was free, no one would have to pay for it. Because it'a free!

That's the beauty of it.

We should also have free food and free houses for everyone.

In a true democracy, everything should be free, as much as you want.

Anonymous

I honestly can't tell whether this is a real comment, or just someone goofing on the cluelessness of the student protestors/occupiers. This is one of those Poe's Law situations.

Anonymous

Um...no. "All the knoweldge they want?" Are you kidding me.

Again, this is why all of this crap has no traction in the mainstream world. It is fantasy land.

Anonymous

The New York times: Radiation is good for you and in a world of skeletons there would be no racism!! Genius's you got there...

The rest was for the birds.

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