Montreal Student Protests

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Montreal Student Protests – VIDEOS

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Canada’s Largest Act of Civil Disobedience! 300 000 + Defy Anti-Protest Bill in Montreal!

Published on 24 May 2012 by 

On May 16, 2012, Quebec students took to the streets in all their glory to protest the quebec tuition hikes proposed by the Charest government. Adam Susser was there in red body paint to support idea of naked students roaming the streets. This is what happened.

‘We are the University’ – Protesters Surround Police Car

26 September 2011

Middle Finger for Harper

Joseph à la “Ma-nu-festation”

Published on 6 May 2012 by

En ces temps de crise où la paix sociale est menacée par le conflit opposant les étudiants et le gouvernement du Québec, l’humeur n’est pas à la frivolité; notre désormais légendaire loverboy Joseph Elfassi a donc enfilé son habit de reporter et laissé au vestiaire son alter-ego briseur de coeur pour aller sonder l’opinion des manifestants à la Manifestation en sous-vêtements pour un gouvernement transparent, le jeudi 3 mai 2012 à Montréal. Beaucoup de peau, de joie et de bonne humeur, mais aussi de détermination de la part des manifestants, qui n’en démordent pas après plus de 12 semaines de grève et redoublent de créativité pour faire passer leur message à la population.



100th Day of Protest on Revolution Avenue, Montreal Qc

Published on 22 May 2012 by 

May 22, 2012 marked the 100th day of protest in Montreal over the increase of tuition fees. 100 days later the protest is about much more then the students but about the cuts to social services and government corruption in general.

Naked Truth

Vierge folle

Casserole Montreal – De Lorimier and Mont-Royal + Gilford – May 23, 2012

Published on 24 May 2012 by 

A spontaneous march began as neighbors poored out into the streets to bang on pots and pans in defiance of the new Bill 78 which violates our right to freedom of expression, assembly and speech. This is only one out of multiple “Casseroles” happening at the same time all over the city

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Freedom in Montreal

Published on 19 Apr 2012 by 

Montreal police move in to break up a demonstration by anti-tuition hike protestors in downtown Montreal, Thursday April 19, 2012.  At least one person was arrested.
(Phil Carpenter/THE GAZETTE)


Published on 20 Apr 2012 by 

Riot police clash with student protestors for the second straight day, as the demonstrators rally against the provincial government’s Plan Nord, in Montreal, Friday April 20, 2012. (Phil carpenter/THE GAZETTE)

Police Doughnut

NAZI Salute

Casserole protest spreads across nation, app downloads peak

Posted by Sarah Leavitt on Thursday, May 31, 2012

Last night, people across Canada and elsewhere in the world, took part in Casseroles Night in Canada.

As of 8 p.m., clanging pots and pans could be heard in VictoriaCalgaryHamilton and even New York City. (Click here to see a map of where events were planned to take place.)

NYC #casseroles just Mic checked about the Quebec #ggi in freakin Times sq!#solidarity #cnic #manifencours #nycggi…

— Occupy Town Square (@occupytownsq) May 31, 2012

There’s also an iPhone app specifically dedicated to the pots and pans protest. Called the iCassolator, the app is downloadable for free and simply involves shaking the phone or swiping the wooden spoon on the metal pot to make a noise.

Josep Oncins, the chief information officer of Clapp The Hands, the company that created the app in 2011, told OpenFile Montreal they saw an incredible hike in downloads last week. He said that the week of May 14 to 20, the app was only downloaded four times in Canada, the U.S. and in Spain. But last week, numbers shot up: the app was downloaded 3,264 in Canada, 347 times in the U.S. and 106 times in Spain. On May 26 alone, 1,483 people downloaded iCassolator.

The app name was a popular topic on Twitter and Facebook this weekend.

MontrealStudentsProtestAlso read: Founder of Montreal pots and pans protest surprised by success

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Students protest in the streets of Montreal against the planned tuition hikes proposed by the Charest government. André Laurendeau student Jose-Miguel Ramirez Ureña offers his commets on the protest.

Ma-NU-festation ludique En sous-vêtements pour un gouvernement 16/05/2012

Photo: iCassolator


CLASSE march goes peacefully through rainy streets

Posted by Kate McDonnell on Saturday, June 2, 2012

A Saturday afternoon rally called by CLASSE in response to the breakdown in talks with the government this week brought thousands of people out to Jeanne-Mance Park and then a march through city streets despite chilly temperatures and rain. As in recent weeks, casseroles featured in the march, but so did umbrellas and raincoats.

The demonstration, described from the beginning as “family-friendly,” was immediately declared illegal under Bill 78, but like other recent demonstrations it was tolerated by police because it remained peaceful.

La Presse’s photo shows protesters on Papineau near the train underpass and quotes CLASSE as estimating the crowd at between 5,000 and 7,000 marchers, although numbers as high as 25,000 are being mentioned elsewhere and the police estimate was tweeted as 8,000. A few more photos from La Presse.

Around 4 p.m., the march arrived at Molson Park in Rosemont, and some speeches were made by CLASSE members. La Presse’s Philippe Teisceira-Lessard tweets that people were lining up to be photographed with Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois. At 4:45, CLASSE saluted the crowd and declared the demonstration over.

police terrorPhoto by Nathan Walls on Flickr.

Cindy Milstein, Op-Ed: “Hours later, after marching with thousands and thousands of people who never stopped banging on the asundry metal noisemakers as we snaked our way for miles through Montreal, past tiny stickers of red or with words on street signs and lampposts, or big swathes of radical graffiti slogans, it was hard to tell whether our legs or ears hurt more–or as my Plateau East friend said, Emma Goldman may have wanted a revolution to dance to, but this ‘walking’ revolution is hard on the 035ba23ae681_500feet!”

Last night, May 27, that same friend and I met up with other friends at the “usual” corner on Mont-Royal near St-Denis on the Plateau West side of this Montreal neighborhood. At first a handful came, right at 8 pm, like us, and then dozens, growing quickly to hundreds. It was my second night at this intersection, near to the home of another friend, and already I recognized most of the faces, and people nodded at each other, and more of them talked to each other (and my two friends and others are busily organizing toward their first neighborhood popular assembly this coming Saturday).

As we moved from crossing with the light, to crossing at the traffic light, to finally taking the intersection, a group of young children–barely teens–among the many young children on the streets with us, decided to lead a breakaway march, skirting past the police car that had now arrived to “help” us manage the traffic. We adults quickly ran after them, laughing, as our children at the front lead us for some 15 minutes away from that cop car again and again, turning a corner at the last minute to allude the police, and when we got to a big road, the kids took over the other side too, at one point nearly encircling a second police car to ensure we could all get ahead of the police! And soon we turned a corner and that, voile, was another band of casserolers, and soon we ran across another, and then our big casserole met another huge casserole at a main intersection, and everyone raised their pots & pans in unison to joyfully greet each other. The police couldn’t keep up with us, neither children or adults, or bikes or dogs, wheelchairs or skateboards.


Hours later, after marching with thousands and thousands of people who never stopped banging on the asundry metal noisemakers as we snaked our way for miles through Montreal, past tiny stickers of red or with words on street signs and lampposts, or big swathes of radical graffiti slogans, it was hard to tell whether our legs or ears hurt more–or as my Plateau East friend said, Emma Goldman may have wanted a revolution to dance to, but this “walking” revolution is hard on the feet! Then we looked at each other and marveled how, just a mere week ago, there were four lone pots beating out a tune of solidarity & disobedience & freedom in his neighborhood, and now, so few days later, young children are teaching themselves rebellion, and as another friend said to me on the street, we anarchists are struggling to catch up to what the tens of thousands of people are doing here in Montreal. He too marveled: “And to think I was thinking of moving away from Montreal a year ago. This has been the best year of my life already!”


Of course, much as the police and politicians have, for the time being, lost control of this city, they struggle each night to figure out new ways to police and control their out-of-their-control uprising. Last night, that involved this unusually tall and lengthy, sparkling-white oversize van–nearly a truck–with few windows, and those windows blackened so we couldn’t see it. This truck-van appeared out of nowhere behind us, swerved toward a building wall, and equally oversize riot-type police jumped out, pushing someone against the wall, grabbing him, throwing him in the van, and whisking away. Some cops next to us on horses (we were, at that point, at the back of the thousands-of-people casseroles-march) said something about a new “Intervention” unit, and then “helpfully” told us to move in front of him, so he could “protect us” in case of “an explosion.”

Some 20 minutes or so later, as the demonstration was nearing a point that would signal the end for many of us–near a Metro, for some, and near our still-long-walk home, for us–that van-truck appeared again. I tried to capture a photo of it, but my cell phone isn’t the best of cameras, especially as the van-truck started speeding toward us, flying past another new police vehicle labeled “technical.” We conjectured about whether they were gathering “intelligence” on us, listening in to cell phones, tracking people via their cell phone GPS, or putting out incorrect info.

loi 78 est guerre

For instance, the SPVM police maintain a “friendly” lie-filled Twitter, with the supposedly calming slogan “Always closer,” and they used it last night to deny nearly beating a man to death, also just over a week ago, when people took control of a stretch of St.-Denis to build barricades and fend off the cops. Counter reports from witnesses and those involved in this uprising are that this man is still in a hospital, in a coma, potentially paralyzed and brain damaged. People used this Twitter access to the police to last night ask them again and again about this beating, and the police again and again assured people everything was OK. But there are video images of the man being beaten, first to the ground by one cop, and then again, by another, after he’s on the ground. And an eyewitness mentioned she saw the second cop use his bike as a weapon in the beating. Indeed, last week, when we were on the street during the St.-Denis uprising on that evening, a woman came up to us to say a man had died; that she herself had seen him lying on the ground, not moving, for 20 minutes. We were skeptical, thinking the street takeover would have turned into an outright riot, if someone had died. Now, a mere week later, it seems the police have potentially destroyed yet another life.

All to say, the joy of watching preteens defy the authority of the state, so adroitly and swiftly, with such confidence, under the approving eye of thousands of us adults, has to balanced by the presence of that same authority, even if cowed for the moment, lurking in vans and shadows, strategizing somewhere in bureaucratic offices, trying to figure out how to win this cat-and-mouse (or cat-and-anarchopanda) game of communizing Montreal, whether they end up using brute force or carrot-and-stick for the students–or both.


It’s 7 pm, an hour before this evening’s casseroles slowly but surely but noisely begins again, at the “usual” corner of Mont-Royal, where tonight my friend will hand out flyers about the popular assembly to be held in a neighborly neighborhood park this weekend (for the parks here are still far less “privatized,” and much more anarchic and community oriented, than many in the United States). Tomorrow, another friend, the one who is glad he didn’t move away, is helping to initiate “Nos-Casseroles for justice for low-wage immigrant and placement-agency (day-laborer) workers” in another neighborhood, and a day or two ago, the Rosemont neighborhood held its first assembly–150 people, who broke into four working groups.


Last night, a friend mentioned how it was important that we go to these street manifestations, night after night, because they evidence the determination and anger, and hopefully the dreams too, of this movement that currently has power-together in its grasp. I realized, as I walked for another five hours last night, how cynical I’ve grown about marches in the United States. We scream in front of banks, chant as we walk, proudly hold banners and signs, make noise and reclaim the streets and sidewalks temporarily–but the contrast here is: there’s really social power behind those same acts now, and everyone knows it. The question, which everyone also seems to know, is what to do with that power–hence the move to kick off neighborhood assemblies and put out calls for people to come greet, meet, and disrupt the impending, lucrative Gran Prix in early June. Meanwhile, the power seems to just keep growing.

Each night here, I see the differences, even if subtle, from people walking by on the streets at 5 pm with pots and pans clearly in their backpacks; stores putting red squares on their merchandise on display in the windows; indeed, more and more red squares, large and small, hanging off more and more balconies; restaurant workers and others stuck in dreary low-paid jobs come out of those jobs to bang pots for a few minutes as the big casseroles marches pass by; and last night, we saw people in an expensive hotel in downtown Montreal holding big red squares in the windows high above us, raising their arms in silent cheer to our noisy answer from the street below.


16 mai 2012 – MaNufestation – Montreal (raw footage)

Published on 17 May 2012 by 

Un peuple tous nu ne jamais sera vaincu !!!

2012/06/02 – Manifestation Familiale de la CLASSE – (1/14)

La CLASSE invite l’ensemble de la population du Québec à descendre dans les rues de Montréal à 14h. Nous nous rassemblerons au parc Jeanne-Mance pour défendre le droit à l’éducation et nous opposer à la loi 78 du gouvernement Charest.
Ne nous laissons pas impressionner pas les lois spéciales!

Encerclement, suite: Le lapin est dans le sac, je répète…

Naked students protest in Montreal

Published on 17 May 2012 by 

The video courtesy HonestlyMarketing

Thousands of students took to the streets of Montreal to stage a “naked protest” against tuition hikes on Wednesday, May 16. They were also carrying signs against the policy of tuition fees increase. It’s been weeks since the protest began with around 170 000 students involved to stand against plains to raise tuition. To break the deadlock Quebek Premier Jean Charest has promised a rise in scholarship and minor increase of the tuition, but the students rejected the deal, calling for a tuition freeze.

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Manifestation Nue – 3 Mai 2012, Montréal (Vidéo: Nicolas Quiazua)

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‘Enough is enough,’ police tolerance for protest wanes

Montreal protestA man is arrested by police during a protest against Quebec’s developmental Plan North in Montreal on Friday, February 8, 2013. (Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

By: Justin Giovannetti, CTV Montreal
Published Wednesday, March 20, 2013 3:02PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, March 20, 2013 3:13PM EDT

MONTREAL—The Montreal police say they wanted to send a strong message during a student demonstration on Tuesday night: the rules of the game have changed.

Of 60 protesters walking against traffic on St-Laurent Blvd. Tuesday night, 45 were corralled and arrested, released hours later with $637 fines.

“I’m not going to share our tactics, but we sent a strong message last Friday and yesterday. Enough is enough,” said Montreal police spokesman Ian Lafreniere.

After nearly a year where municipal bylaw P-6 was half-heartedly enforced, the controversial law was applied in full force on Tuesday. P-6 forbids the wearing of masks during protests and requires that groups provide a planned route to police.

The law was passed by city council last May during a time when student protests were marching nightly through downtown Montreal.

During Friday’s anti-police brutality demonstration, P-6 was also quickly applied, leading to clashes between heavily-armoured riot police and protesters. In the morning before that protest, police officers carried out a number of “preventative arrests” of suspected ringleaders. The suspects were apprehended under an existing warrant.

By the end of Friday’s protest, two groups were corralled and nearly 250 people were detained and ticketed.

“This is not a normal protest, it has a bad history,” Lafreniere explained on Friday evening, following the demonstration. “For the past 15 years this protest has almost always turned bad with riots and mass arrests.”

While coy with details, the police spokesman confirmed Friday’s response was characteristic of a new strategy.

“We established last week that it is possible to do a protest in Montreal without breaking anything, but you need to follow all the rules. If you don’t do that, you’ll receive a ticket and that’s what happened.”

In previous protests, the police allowed marches to continue despite labelling them illegal, only carrying out arrests when violence erupted. During Tuesday’s demonstration, protesters disregarded an order to walk in the same direction as traffic, a request disregarded during nearly a year of student unrest. The corralling happened soon after.

“Montrealers are extremely patient, but people should respect the rules,” said Lafreniere. “That includes providing an itinerary.”

The police have made attempts to ensure that groups understand the new rules. Lafreniere confirmed that the force tried to contact organizations to remind them to provide an itinerary before Friday’s protest.

“We sent letters and if you look on social media, they laughed at it, they made a joke of it,” said Lafreniere. “Prior to the protest we also had loudspeakers and contacted people in the crowd who looked like leaders.

“Montrealers have no patience for violence.”


Riot police chase demonstrators during a protest against Quebec’s developmental Plan North on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/THE CANADIAN PRESS)


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