OTTAWA, June 22, 2012 /CNW/ - While Québec Premier Jean Charest
adjourned the National Assembly for the summer, students continue to
face the consequences of his tuition fee hikes and the clamp down on
civil liberties. Today, students will be marching in Quebec City and
Montreal to mark 131 days on strike.
"The government's continued refusal to negotiate and work towards a
solution is reprehensible," said Adam Awad, National Chairperson of the
Canadian Federation of Students. "Arresting and ignoring students will
not change the fact that thousands of students will be harmed by the
tuition fee increases."
As the Quebec student strike enters its fifth month, students and
community members continue to push back against the privatization of
education and the criminalization of dissent through nightly
"casseroles" protests. Charest's crackdown on freedoms to peaceful
assembly and protest has garnered national and international
condemnation from student groups, labour unions, non-governmental
organizations, and the United Nations.
"The Charest government must come back to the negotiating table," said
Awad. "The cost of policing the protests and enforcing Law 78 has now
far surpassed the total cost of the tuition fee increases. The arrests
of civilians throughout Quebec under Law 78 are a waste of money and an
affront to the values enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms."
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student
organization, uniting more than one-half million students in all ten
provinces. The Federation and its predecessor organizations have
represented students in Canada since 1927.
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
Adam Awad, National Chairperson, 613-979-6622 (cell), email@example.com (In Montreal)