Quebec Student Strikes

A few weeks ago Black Swan screened the documentary Street Politics 101, on the Quebec student strikes.

‘In the spring of 2012, a massive student strike in opposition to a tuition hike, rocked the streets of the Montréal for over six months. Protests and militant street actions became part of the daily and nightly reality of this Canadian metropolis. Several times during this tumultuous spring, the numbers in the streets would reach over one hundred thousand. Police routinely clubbed students and their allies, and arrested them by the hundreds. Some were even banned from entering the city. But every time the cops struck, the student movement got bigger and angrier.

This is a story about how the arrogance of a government, underestimated a dedicated group of students, who through long term organizing laid the foundation for some of the largest mass demonstrations in Canada’s history. But it is also a story of how a crews of determined anarchists, educated a new generation of students, in the importance of owning the streets.’

For those who missed it or want to re-watch it, it is available to download here at Submedia TV.

Libcom.org also has some useful articles:

The history of the Quebec student movement and combative unionism.

Quebec student strike – important victory, however partial it may be.

How can we emulate the Montreal students?

StudentStrike is a website dedicated to the Quebec events with a detailed history to download.

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