Profs at UQAM issue letter calling for end to intimidation and protests

February 26, 2015

A group of political science professors at the Université du Québec à Montréal has issued an open letter calling for an end to the recurring protests and acts of intimidation that they say have taken place at UQAM for the last several years. The letter points to a small group of militant students that the professors say disrupt campus activities with “intimidation, harassment, shoving, vandalism, looting, and repeated strikes.” The letter asserts that “these acts threaten university life itself,” and have made learning and teaching difficult, as well as costing the university thousands of dollars in damages. The letter further acknowledges that activism does have a place within a university, but that it must exist within an atmosphere of respect, “without pressure or sophistry, without physical or moral intimidation.” The letter was published just as protestors began a week of action in Montreal against provincial austerity measures and PSE funding cuts. Montreal Gazette