Montreal police use tear gas at protesting students

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

The fuming Montreal police used tear gas on students protesting against possible increases in tuition fee. Early Wednesday, protesters assembled at Victoria Square to wrap red ribbons around statues.

Later the students walked up to the Loto Quebec HQ on Sherbrooke St. near Aylmer. When a few of them entered the building, the police officers advised them to leave. Meanwhile, those protesting outside the building made human fences in order to resist police force.

In order to put them off, police used teargas and pepper, taking a few protesters into custody. In the afternoon, the protesters marched towards east along Sherbrooke St. heading Jeanne Mance. Motor-riders are being asked to avoid the area.

At the present, Quebec’s tuition fee for in-province students is the lowest in Canada. According to the Quebec government, the proposed increases (added $300 for each of the next five years) would still leave Quebec with some of the lowest tuition fees in the country.

On the other hand, the protesting students believe the increase would put off a number of people from going to university. They insist that there are several other sources of fund that can be used for better schools.

Premier Jean Charest describes his government’s plan as a rational and fair mean to keep universities spirited.

"The real question is the quality of post-secondary education in Quebec. That’s the issue," Charest told a news conference.

"It’s through taxpayers here … that we’re going to do the lion’s share of fianncing of our universities and colleges. Then we’re asking students to assume their fair share."

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