Premier Jean Charest implored protesters to obey Bill 78 and maintain social peace. “The law is fair,” said Charest. “The law is there to ensure social peace.”
The Coalition Avenir Québec voted in favour of the government’s anti-protest law, but after the weekend’s violent chaos, CAQ leader François Legault said it’s not working.
Opposition Parti Québécois said the Liberal government’s legitimacy is now at stake. “Quebec is torn apart, divided,” said Pauline Marois.
New Yorkers, Parisians march in solidarity
“Meanwhile, demonstrations of solidarity are being planned in cities as far away as Paris and New York.
The New York demonstration is being organized by members of the Occupy movement along with some student groups.
Quebec long weekend saw revolt over relaxation
The May long weekend may have marked the unofficial start of summer for much of Canada, but protesters in Montreal seemed more concerned with revolt than relaxation.
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Brooklyn College political science student Biola Jeje said her school – part of the City University of New York (CUNY) – launched its own red square campaign in April, to fight tuition increases.
“When we heard what happened, it was only natural for us to want to organize, and get involved and do something here in the city in support of Quebec.”
The New York City protest is being held outside the Quebec government’s Manhattan office.
In Paris, some 150 people have signed up online to participate in a similar demonstration at 6 p.m. local time.”