Vancouver rally to mark 100 days of protest by Quebec students
A rally is planned in Vancouver today (May 22) to mark 100 days of protest by postsecondary students in Quebec who are angered by tuition-fee hikes.
“For over three months now, students in Quebec have been on the streets, fighting for the right to education and now for the right to assemble and the right to free speech,” reads a message on the Vancouver event’s Facebook page.
As of this morning, 500 people had indicated on the Facebook page they planned to attend. Other demonstrations are expected today in Quebec and elsewhere across the country.
Organizers of the Vancouver rally say the student movement in Quebec should inspire discussion about how much students pay for education in Canada.
“The historical moment provided by the strike should be taken by all of us as an opportunity to refocus our activism towards permanently and substantially reducing the cost of education,” reads the message on the Facebook page.
The Vancouver rally organizers also criticized Bill 78, new Quebec legislation designed to clamp down on protest activity.
“Under this law, organizations and individuals who participate in unsanctioned demonstrations or urge others to do so will be subject to crippling fines. This is the latest in a series of assaults by the Quebecois government on the student movement.”
The rally takes place at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 4 p.m.