Quebec Students Clash with Police over 100 % Hike in Tuition Fees
Update: May 5, 2012 6: 05 p.m. Several hours ago a deal has been reached in a long battle by students protesting the province’s decision to raise tuition fees to offset a deficit in spending. After last night’s battle, between police and students the culmination of weeks of protests has possibly come to an end.
The province of Quebec have a very unpopular austerity measure on their hands, one that has been repeated in Europe and the USA and that is hiking tuition fees of students.
In the last several weeks police have used riot gear, tear gas, stun grenades, pepper spray, batons, chemical irritants and arrests to quell the protests against a massive hike in student tuition fees. An offer by the province, to phase in the higher fees over a five year period has been refused by the student organizers. No deal has been confirmed in month long protests by students and the protests therefore will continue.
The province sought a hike of $ 3,800 per year in the midst of a recession in Canada’s economy and where funds are being diverted to a war in Afghanistan and jet planes. The province requires a way to pay for a deficit and increased fees 100 percent from $ 1,625 to $ 3,800 per year per student.
Quebec students have organized approximately 170 thousand in numbers that have basically gone on strike until the province backs down.
Last night some violence broke out and some minor injuries were reported with 106 arrests the province still continues to panic and has dug in their position refusing to reduce fees.
Several students and one police officer were brought to the hospital. More protests are planned until the province of Quebec comes up with tax increases for the wealthy and for corporations as a way to reduce their deficit. Certainly, Quebec students are not likely to back down any time soon and are not intimidated by police.
Globe and Mail:
Quebec Students Reach Tentative Deal on Tuition Fees