Quebec Students Marathon Protest, Confrontation at Concordia

by Stephen Petrina on April 12, 2012

Photo by John Kennedy, The Gazette

Breaking rules and records two months into a strike and protest against rising tuition costs, students marched on Montreal for 12 hours on Wednesday 11 April. Smaller groups of students extended the march to 15 hours on the city streets and landmarks.  Gridlock and blocked streets have become routine in downtown Montreal while strikes and protests have brought campuses to near standstill.  Today  at Concordia University police rolled in to break up a student blockade.

Photo by Jan Ravensbergen, The Gazette

“I was astonished by how quickly everything happened,” an eyewitness said Thursday morning after Montreal police broke up a brief student blockade downtown of the main Concordia University campus building. “The students appeared from nowhere. Then these police just started flooding in. “The whole thing happened in just a matter of minutes, the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee.” About two dozen Montreal police officers equipped with helmets and shields had pushed a crowd of protesting students away from the front of the Henry F. Hall Building westward along de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. on Thursday at 8:55 a.m., after which the crowd dissolved.

Read more: Montreal Gazette