Attempts to have any kind of normalcy on the campus of the Université de Montréal in the wake of an ongoing student strike completely un-ravelled on Wednesday after the administration had to retreat on its efforts to provide classes in striking departments for students who don’t support the boycott.

Tensions were high not just at U de M, but on many campuses, where there were clashes as students resisted hardline tactics to try to force them back to class during the 10th week of their protest over tuition increases of $1,625 over five years.

Injunctions taken by university administrations backfired as students found increasingly violent and disruptive ways to ensure campus activities could not resume, such as breaking windows, vandalizing art work and setting off fire alarms during exams at U de M.

And, as many different groups involved in the dispute called on each other to condemn the growing use of violence and vandalism, it became clear that efforts at mediation could provoke militancy.

The Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d’université was preparing to hold a press conference on Thursday to denounce the “climate of fear” on campuses now, while there was dissension among students themselves as the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec (FEUQ) called on the Coalition large de l’association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (CLASSE) to condemn recent acts of vandalism so it could be included in government talks….

Cet article est paru dans The Gazette du 19 avril 2012


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