It didn’t start with Occupy, and it won’t end with the student strike! The persistence of anti-authoritarian politics in Quebec
July 23, 2012
Source: Out of the Mouths of ‘Casseroles’: Textes Qui Bougent Au Rythme du Carré Rouge: http://wi.mobilities.ca.
by Sandra Jeppesen, Anna Kruzynski, Rachel Sarrasin: CRAC (Research Group on Collective Autonomy/ Collectif de recherche sur l’autonomie collective)*
What we are seeing today in Quebec, and particularly in Montréal, is a public moment of a much more ingrained movement that has been around for decades. If we use the rhizome analogy, we can better understand what is happening. A rhizome is like a root that runs underground: once in a while little shoots pop out above ground, and sometimes an enormous shoot breaks the surface. It is an analogy that suits the description of the anti-authoritarian movement in the province.
In Canada, students are and have been protesting against against austerity measures and higher tuition fees. In response to the spreading protests, the conservative Charest government passed a new “emergency” law: Bill 78.
Nearly 60% of Canadian students graduate with debt, on average at $27,000 for an undergraduate degree. Total student debt now stands at about $20 billion in Canada ($15 billion from Federal Government loans programs, and the rest from provincial and commercial bank loans).
A random collection of reports:
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by Common Dreams:
“The single biggest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history.”
Marchers defy Bill 78; Neighborhoods fill with sound of banging pots and pans: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/05/23-5
Cindy Milstein: Day 55: http://cbmilstein.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/a-little-bit-of-direct-democracy-for-now-montreal-day-55/