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Montreal Students Occupy Banks in 12-Hour Protest Marathon

Posted 2 years ago on April 11, 2012, 10:58 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

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Students occupy the Centre de Commerce Mondial in Montreal earlier today

Students in Montreal and across Quebec today continue their protest against tuition increases and austerity measures in education with a 12-hour ¨“marathon of intensive vindication,” according to organizers. Today will see rolling student protests mostly focused against banks. In Montreal, marches leave from Victoria Square every hour and will each take unique routes through downtown.

Just after 8am ET this morning, Montreal police dispersed a blockade ot the Banque Nationale tower using chemical weapons, preventing hundreds from getting to work inside. Meanwhile, in Quebec City, 60 protesters occupied a CIBC bank near the National Assembly. When police entered to remove them, the group merely crossed the street and occupied a Banque Nationale branch.

Student groups have held demonstrations nearly every day since they declared an indefinite strike on classes nearly two months ago. The strike is the longest in Quebec's history and some marches have topped 200,000. Follow on Twitter: #BloquonsLaHausse, #marathondemanif, @occuponsmontrea, #printempsquebecois, @99_Quebec.

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[-] 3 points by dgoulet (3) 2 years ago

This last picture is actually the demonstration on March 22, 2012 and there was over 200,000 people for that (not only students). What you see here is a fraction of that number :)

I was there and biggest demonstration I've seen.

[-] 1 points by sadierebelle (43) 2 years ago

updated! thanks for the numbers & solidarity! :)

[-] 2 points by oggy (2) 2 years ago

As a Montrealer I can attest to dgoulet's comment.

[-] 2 points by Anti385 (58) 2 years ago

Some fine work by the Montreal students. Go go Montreal!!!

[-] 1 points by hotelsaintsulpice (1) from Brossard, QC 2 years ago

education is a right! http://www.lesaintsulpice.com

[-] 1 points by mexicael (23) 2 years ago

Another big demonstration today in Montreal: Enfin le printemps ! (Finally Spring !) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2Vtw3NVeQo

[-] 1 points by DonQuixot (231) 2 years ago

It is nice to see a huge crowd in the picture. I hope crowds will grow and grow and grow. Best wishes from Alicantes, Spain.

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