Quebec students on the march again over tuition fee increases

MONTREAL – Quebec students are on the march again over tuition fees.

Thousands turned out for a nighttime protest in Montreal against the Quebec government’s decision to raise fees by three per cent per year after last month’s summit on education.

Many students believe the government should have frozen tuition fees.

The noisy march was a rekindling of the nightly protests that took place during last year’s student unrest.

While most were peaceful, some of those marches turned violent and resulted in mass arrests.

Tuesday’s protest drew a heavy police presence as demonstrators chanted, set of noisemakers and waved banners during their march through the city core.

Police declared the march illegal as organizers had failed to provide a route for the protest as required by municipal bylaws, but officers allowed the protest to proceed as long as it remained peaceful.

Quebec’s student strikes began in February 2012 after then-premier Jean Charest’s government announced tuition increases of $1,625 spread over five years.

The Parti Quebecois cancelled the Liberals’ plan after it took power following the Sept. 4 provincial election. The PQ’s increase will raise tuition by $70 per year.

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