Students join protest on Montreal streets

April 7, 2014

Thousands of demonstrators hit the streets in Montreal last week to protest austerity measures and to speak out against multiple candidates in the upcoming provincial election. With echoes of the Maple Spring demonstrations, students joined the protest with a variety of objections related to many aspects of life in Quebec, not just tuition. The Montreal Gazette reports that the Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ) and 12 CEGEPs and university departments were involved in the demonstration, although the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec (FEUQ), the province's largest student association, was reportedly not involved. Posters at the demonstration vilified election candidates and called for “more social housing, lower electricity costs, less surveillance, no pipelines or oil exploration, and an end to cuts in social services.” According to an ASSÉ spokesperson, members “refuse another austerity budget … we don't want any increase, or indexation, because student debt is still very high." Montreal Gazette