85 arrested following student protest in Montreal

April 26, 2012

85 people were arrested in Montreal Wednesday night and at least 6 individuals were injured in a demonstration marked by clashes between police and student demonstrators protesting the dissolved talks on planned tuition fee increases. Quebec Education Minister Line Beauchamp expelled the student group CLASSE from the discussion table after she blamed it for a violent protest Tuesday in Montreal that resulted in 3 arrests. The other 2 major groups representing university and CÉGEP students say they will not return to negotiations without CLASSE. CLASSE says it had nothing to do with the recent violence, which it argues was used by the province as an excuse to sabotage the discussions and exclude it from talks. The students were backed by Quebec's teachers federation and the unions representing university and CÉGEP professors. They reject the province's claim that some students were using violence and intimidation measures to promote their cause. Montreal Gazette | Globe and Mail