Happening approximately now, in downtown Montreal:
As my Quebecoise friend Genvieve would say, “Malade!!”
Check out this great article by Malav Kanuga at OccupyTheory documenting 100 days of the student-led general strike (grève générale) in Quebec. Deliciously titled “We didn’t know it was impossible, so we did it!”, the piece provides some choice quotes, context, and background information for those just catching up.
The politics of austerity and the increased policing of everyday life reveal themselves in these instances to be inseparably linked. We can see the direct link between tuition hikes and the criminalization of assembly in Quebec, just as we can see Bloomberg’s management through “free speech zones” of political protest, the silencing of media, and the increased police aggression in suppressing the Occupy Wall Street movement. Thus, solidarity with Quebec students is also important work in defense of our right to demonstrate here and everywhere.
Read full article here.
While we’re at it, let’s take a look at some of the latest viral offerings on what will be Canada’s May ’68:
- Montreal Media Co-op’s Tim McSorley on calls for mass disobedience of new protest laws
- Student group CLASSE announces it will defy Bill 78, and promises a summer of civil disobedience.
- For those who speak French, CLASSE has launched an “Arretez-moi qulequ’un” (Someone arrest me) page
- 36 arrested last night in Sherbrooke under new Bill 78 law
Montage of street scenes in Quebec since April, featuring the now requisite sequences of police over-reaction and violence against unarmed citizens.