Quebec Student Strike

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:

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.

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Protests in Canada

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:


Cindy Milstein: Day 55: