Should an election be called, the more militant group of the Quebec student protest movement will mobilze students against ideology and neo-liberal politics. That’s according to CLASSE’s new manifesto, recently launched by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois (pictured), the organization’s spokesperson. The manifesto focuses on four core themes: democracy, feminism, social justice and ecology.
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And now, via StopTheHike.ca, the manifesto:
For months now, all over Quebec, the streets have vibrated to the rhythm of hundreds of thousands of marching feet. What started out as a movement underground, still stiff with the winter consensus, gathered new strength in the spring and flowed freely, energizing students, parents, grandparents, children, and people with and without jobs. The initial student strike grew into a people’s struggle, while the problem of tuition fees opened the door to a much deeper malaise – we now face a political problem that truly affects us all. To find its remedy and give substance to our vision, let us cast our minds back to the root of the problem.
The CBC News reports that a lone protester interrupted a speech by Prime Minister Stephen Harper as he addressed an international conference on the French language in Quebec City today. The protester “began shouting and approaching the stage” before he was “grabbed by two security guards and hustled out of the room through a side door.”
The protester’s words:
stop Jean Charest
Citizens rise up.
We need you,
Read the full report HERE.
A few strange things:
- The CBC News and the National Post says the men who tackled the protester were “security guards”. To the Vancouver Sun and others, they are “security personnel.” Enough already! The men were more than that. More like Harper’s bodyguards to me. They wore suits, and the kind of earpieces common with the secret service and other close protection agencies.
- The protester has no name. He gave no interview to the press after his courageous act. None of the corporate media outlets that carried the story – CBC News, National Post, Vancouver Sun, etc – interviewed him. Or maybe he disappeared off the face of the earth before they could get hold of him?
- The interruption received “muffled applause from some of the attendees.” Really?
Below is a statement of solidarity with the ongoing Quebec student protests from Chilean academics and student leaders. (English translation via Translating The Revolution.)
We Are All Québécois!
We the undersigned, Chilean academics and student leaders, denounce to national and international public opinion the persecution of the student movement in Québéc, Canada, expressed in Act 78, which was enacted on Thursday, May 19 by the government of Premier, Jean Charest.