Tensions high on Quebec campuses as striking students reject orders to return to class

April 19, 2012

Tensions are high at many Quebec PSE institutions, with students resisting tactics to try to force them to return to school. The Université de Montréal had to retreat from providing classes Wednesday after students found increasingly violent and disruptive means to ensure university activities could not resume. Meanwhile, 161 protesters were arrested Wednesday for blocking the road near the Université du Québec en Outaouais' Gatineau campus. Adults were fined over $400 for violating the Highway Safety Code and have since been released, and one student was arrested for obstructing police. The demonstration came a day after UQO administrators announced that students and instructors must respect a court decision to allow classes to continue. Police in Montreal and Gatineau clashed with student protesters and arrested some demonstrators yesterday while the Quebec government hinted it could meet with some student representatives today. The student groups FEUQ and FECQ have said they will not sit down with the province if CLASSE is excluded. CLASSE says it will reconsider its position on acts of violence and vandalism by some protesters at a convention in Montreal this weekend. Montreal Gazette | Ottawa Citizen | Postmedia News | CBC | CTV