After a six-month strike students in Quebec celebrated a victory last month when the new Parti Quebecois government announced it would reverse a planned tuition fees hike. The new government also repealed Bill 78, an emergency law introduced in May, aimed at restricting the right to protest. Aamna Mohdin and Jamie Woodcock spoke to Jérémie Bédard-Wien, a spokesperson for CLASSE, a radical student coalition that played a central role in the movement
“Half a million people marched through Montreal on 22 May - the largest ever act of civil disobedience in North America.”
There has been a history of student strikes in Quebec. What was the trigger for the 2012 student strike? And what was the inspiration?