Student injured at Quebec budget protest

Protesters storm Quebec Finance Minister's office, clash with security and police

One student was injured on Thursday, when several dozen protesters stormed the Montreal offices of Quebec’s Finance Minister.

According to organizers, the protester was injured when a security guard pushed him through a glass door. Police are investigating. Rue Frontenac also reported that a ministry staffer threatened to attack one of their photographers if photos were not deleted, when the photographer refused, the staff member grabbed his cell phone. It was later returned.

Apparently fearing for their safety, the protesters soon left the office. Several protesters were pepper sprayed by police but no arrests were reported.

The protest was organized by the Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante, one of Quebec’s largest student lobby groups. They’re upset with the tuition increases included in last week’s provincial budget, which they described as a “declaration of war against students.”

Another protest is planed for next Thursday.

As is often the case with posts like this, the majority of the links above are to French-language sources.

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