More Tuition Riots in Montreal

  • Posted on: 26 April 2012
  • By: worker

<table><tr><td>From <a href=" CTV</a>

Violence erupted in the streets of Montreal Wednesday night after talks broke down between student groups and the Quebec government, leading to 85 arrests and shattered windows.

Several police officers were also injured in the riot that left the city stunned Thursday.

Banks and other businesses, cars, even a police station had their windows shattered by an angry mob that spilled out from a larger crowd of thousands of student protesters.

The violence followed a breakdown in talks between the two parties to end an 11-week fight over tuition hikes.</td><td><img title="too much red for my taste but whatcha going to do?" src=""></td...

The government said one of the student groups, C.L.A.S.S.E., broke the truce by protesting Tuesday and condoning violence on its website and booted it from talks Wednesday.

"You can't play both sides," Education Minister Line Beauchamp said. "I regret that this (group) has chosen its camp."

That prompted two other students groups to walk out in protest leading to the street demonstrations and subsequent riot.

The leader of one student group said the talks are suspended until the banned group is invited back to sit at the table again.

Martine Desjardins, of the Quebec Federation of University Students, told CTV's Canada AM the early discussions revolved around issues like student aid and not tuition fees.

"People want us to talk about the tuition fee problems," she said in a telephone interview from Montreal Thursday.

"We were ready to spend hours and more hours on this topic," Desjardins said.

She said there were preliminary talks about returning to the negotiating table to end the conflict after Thursday's violent demonstrations.

"As students we have a responsibility to go back to the table, but we need the government to understand what we need to talk about," Desjardins said.

Although pressure is mounting on the Liberal government of Premier Jean Charest to back down from the planned $325-per-year tuition hike, it appears less likely as the party rises in the polls, raising the possibility of a snap spring election.

Polls indicate Quebecers generally support the fees.

One survey this week showed the poll-leading Parti Quebecois, which has staunchly endorsed the students, losing support and seeing its lead evaporate in recent weeks.

A provincial election must be called between this spring and late 2013.

As the talks broke down Wednesday, students took a parting shot at Beauchamps, calling her a scolding school master more interested in political grandstanding than negotiating.

It was moments after the talks ended when students began spilling into the streets of Montreal and Quebec City, joined later by thousands of others denouncing Charest and demanding an election.

A few in the crowd wore masks, while some fired paintballs at police and media.

Police responded by pepper-spraying people as they moved in to quell the violence, including an attack on a downtown police station that had its windows smashed.


Fuck yes. Keep pushing, Montreal hooligans. You already have the most important thing going for y'all: willingness to fight.

You have the numbers to fight and to win; my only advice:
Get more organized and skillfully prepared in your hooliganism.

Street action:
Warrior Crowd Control & Riot Manual PDF
Bodyhammer - Tactics and Self-Defense For the Modern Protester PDF
Becoming Riflemyn PDF
Basic Recon Skills

Gorilla Action:
Ozymandias Sabotage Handbook PDF - HTML
Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching PDF - HTML
Starting Fires with Electrical Timers PDF

Dear "Hooligan" Coach,

"You already have the most important thing going for y'all: willingness to fight."

"You have the numbers to fight and to win;"

I am all for encouragement but these two statements are ridiculous. Is the "most important thing" our will? Do we have the numbers? What does "winning" look like? Just a group being allowed back at the bargaining table?

More generally: has there ever been a country undergoing austerity measures that has not experienced riots as a revolt? Have these led us to anarchy?

These questions are not merely a rhetorical device, as I only have an answer to the last one.

a spectator confused about what teams wear what colors since it seems everyone wants to wear black

*The statements are only ridiculous depending on the answers to the questions and the answers that would make them not ridiculous are not easy to find.

First of all, Hooligan Coach, nice zines! More!

Second, in response to, "Dear 'Hooligan' Coach":

>What does "winning" look like?

We might never know. We might struggle forever. It is time we dedicate ourselves to the struggle even if we never win. I believe natural law is synonimous with anarchy, and natural law will prevail in the grand arc of the universe. But as far as we can see, we are entrenched in a battle that our great grandchildren will likely continue, whether it appears as the technological police state or devolves into slavery or feudalism or becomes something yet unknown, it is a long road ahead for anarchy. Our struggle is for freedom, and as long as oppression survives in one dark crevass of this earth we will be brandishing the light. Winning is not so important as remaining, struggling, persisting. For honor, truth, righeousness.

>Have these led us to anarchy?

We are anarchy.

"For honor, truth, righeousness."

*vomits in own mouth just a little bit*

God you anarchists would be agaisnt breathing if you could get away with it.

breathing is Auschwitz

The numbers? In Quebec there are about as many, if not more people on strike, now, than people working in the government, including a vast majority of office workers who surely won't stand in the way if total insurrection breaks, because they only are doing their shift in this very relax, compartimented, comfortable job.

The military is a farce, mostly made-up of reserve staff.

That's about 250 000 young people, full of energy and getting more and more pissed off. Only thing that weakens them is the presence of a few citizens and other collaborators among their ranks, but with the proper moves their effectiveness can be greatly reduced, especially when the reformists-legalists are proven inefficient in their lame, vapid tactics.

The 200 000-300 000 number is a magic one when it comes to war. Imagine only a part of these systematically sabotaging/blocking/breaking into the State's assets, and you're got a really messy situation.

Colors? It's not colors that change something, but people, and especially their will.

You are either incredibly stupid, or delusional. 250,000 to 300,000? Bullshit. It is only humanities and art students who are protesting. The ones that can only ever hope for a management job at McDonald's. If Charest was smart he would shut down the fucking liberal arts faculties of every university in Quebec and make the little fuckers get a job.

"Gorilla Action"?

>"Gorilla Action"?

It's like monkeywrenching and stuff.

that was really disappointing - full of bad rhymes and racism. please choose a better video next time

I thought it was pretty amusing.

Shit bro... make a Tor site and put all that on it, pronto!

Reading a Chilean student handbook might help the Montreal students.

Attack the polling stations in rich neighborhoods during the election.

Sir, yes sir!

Primary objectives copied. Now preparing for a take down.

(Now where's my Apache...)

I've heard the RCP-PCR is involved with C.L.A.S.S.E.

Oh that's just about a guarantee!

It's a little bit scary, but not that scary...

That was a few years ago, with the defunct ASSÉ.

Now I tend to believe it's rather the RCMP!

It wasn't all that awesome, not like the 20th, but yeah, at least it was conflictual and riotous. You folks can't imagine the levels of citizen-cop stupidity most protests here are plagued with. After more than 2 months of blunt, though inherently radical tactics, the legalists (who call themselves pacifists) still are preaching the virtues of staying civilized, even more than all the rest of proles, and especially politicians and cops. Civilization gets fulfilled also in our collective pacification, and its invasion could be felt in that protest as well, with the pressure, both "soft" and hard, of Law and Order.

Much paranoia and internal bitching among the BB that night, as well...

To the above concerned who read this: Folks, fucking grow up. Not anyone who's lonely, and not all dressed-up BB fashion is a cop. If I wasn't nearly as black-clad as you were (though not red), that's partly because I reject all kinds of conformity and herd mentality, and I'm for freedom of the individual, beyond forms and norms. In this, my only flaw was perhaps to not show up as Queer.

But I did enjoyed the few moments of warm comradery between us, and the lols...

Do y'all have guns? Maybe you could off a cop/politician or two.

But in French.

That video did a good job prefiguring the violence of Seattle M1.

I got a legally-bought Desert Eagle... that I'm using for target practice on bottles, but it's Co2 pellets. Even as Co2, this big baby sure is accurate as hell. Sorry, it's Montreal, Quebec, not Austin, Texas... lol

But I heard quite a few common folks out there who'd like to have their shot at these corporate politicians, especially the two most responsible for the current strike by not giving a fuck about student's demands. It made me think of how the assassination of officials as a tactic for political change seems like it could bring a breath of fresh air to current State politics. Almost a revolutionary one...

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