At least 25 arrested in Canada’s student unrest
CANADA: At least 25 people were arrested late Saturday after hundreds
took to Montreal’s streets, protesting against plans to raise tuition
fees and Canada’s hosting of the Formula One Grand Prix.
The march began peacefully, with some of the 500 protesters banging
pots and pans and some wearing carnival masks.
But when the marchers neared Crescent Street and its Formula One
stands, they were blocked by police who used tear gas to disperse the
crowd. Pepper spray was also used as the crowd, jeered, booed and
Three police cars with broken windows and covered with graffiti were
seen. Montreal police said more arrests could follow. An AFP
correspondent saw a young man dressed in black handcuffed by police and
subjected to a body search.
For four months, students in Quebec, along with anti-capitalist and
feminist groups have held protests against government plans to increase
tuition fees by 75 percent.