Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:01 UTC
The demonstrators are disobeying Quebec's back-to school law in Montreal, which demanded that students return to their universities on Monday despite their stated opposition to the proposed government tuition hikes. Over 31,000 students are striking - boycotting class, demonstrating, banging pots, disrupting classes and marching through university halls in masks, Canadian media reported.
A total of 49 classes were forced to be suspended at the University of Montreal, due to a lack of attendance.
The strike intensified on Tuesday when crowds of students from University of Montreal started walking from classroom to classroom, clearing out classes in which students have voted to continue the boycott. The actions led to clashes with police, security, professors and other students who wished to attend class.
By the end of the day, 11 students had been arrested by police, ten of whom are now facing charges. Seven students will be charged with allegedly assaulting police, two for obstruction of justice and one with disturbing the peace.
Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in protest, which resulted in dozens of arrests. Protesters even turned to stripping and violence, but were dispersed by riot police wielding teargas and pepper spray.
Quebec's Bill 78, passed by the provincial government in an effort to end the student protests, put Canada on bad terms with the UN for restricting mass gatherings in the province, and for increasing fines for violations during mass events.
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