Massive student tuition march paralyzes Montreal
CBC News— Tens of thousands of students in Quebec descended on downtown Montreal Thursday afternoon for the latest in a series of escalating protests against proposed tuition hikes.
An imposing crowd, considerably larger than the one at Montreal’s famous 1995 pre-referendum rally, formed a kilometres-long sea of opposition to Quebec’s tuition increases, scheduled to take effect later this year.
In a spring laden with student demonstrations against the Quebec government, this was easily the largest.
The parade of protest was so long that its front end would be a full neighbourhood – or even two – away from the tail end. An organizing group boasted that the protest spanned 50 city blocks.
There were no immediate incidents involving the chanting, placard-waving throng. There were, however, reports of some protesters carrying sticks, that police confiscated.
And there was a threat from a major protest group: “If the government doesn’t announce a retreat on the [tuition] hike today the next step will involve actions that disrupt the economy,”