Thank you for this BigMac Meal. Bless the
Considering that the student mobilization is mainly related to the $1,625 rising of university tuition fees on the part of the Charest government, ... the Revolutionary Student Movement calls for an expansion of the fight. If rising tuition is an attack against our rights and those of the proletarian youth, we cannot oppose it while accepting all other assaults stemming from capitalism. ... We simply cannot tolerate becoming poorer while the rich become richer! ... The situation is clear: we have only one enemy--the capitalist system--and our response must be common and include not only students but all oppressed people. For that reason, we invite students to join the various committees and anti-capitalist meetings to be held during the strike.Good grief.
A message from Jim Nicell: A large group of approximately 2,000 protestors is in the vicinity of downtown campus, with police accompanying. The protesters were at Concordia [this is approximately where 1900 Tupper is located], now headed back east [thank goodness]. Witnesses have also reported seeing approximately 50 masked and hooded individuals gathering nearby. We will keep you informed of any developments.And so will I, dear readers, so will I.
Due to the presence of a large protest and substantial police presence (located at Sherbrooke & McTavish as of 4:00pm), we advise that you stay away from Sherbrooke Street. If you leave the downtown campus, please use other exits. McGill Security is on alert and will secure campus buildings as needed.UPDATED, 4:42 PM EST:
"Quebec plans to increase tuition by $325 for each of the next five years, which may sound like a lot to some, but not to most other university students in the rest of the country who pay much more than those in Quebec. Currently, of the 10 universities with the cheapest tuition in Canada, seven are in Quebec. But that tuition is only inexpensive if you are a Quebec resident. If you are not a resident of Quebec, of the 10 most costly tuitions in Canada, five are in Quebec and are the same ones that are the least expensive for Quebec students."= Time for a reality check (and I do mean "check," not "cheque"), Quebec.
Ahh... Peace.The protest near downtown campus has largely dispersed. Some police are still on site near Sherbrooke and McTavish. Area streets have been reopened and no exits off campus are blocked.