Emergency law considered in Quebec student protest

May 18, 2012 • World News

Police on horseback charge into a crowd of students protesting against tuition hikes in Montreal, Tuesday, May 15, 2012. A recent court injunction ordered the reopening of College Lionel-Groulx near Montreal. After several days of student pickets, which included some parents and teachers who wanted to support the declared strikers, riot police used chemical irritants to clear a path into the school today. Some students, along with faculty, eventually entered. Hours later, after staff meetings, the college issued a statement: Lionel-Groulx will remain closed for two more days(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

MONTREAL (AP) — Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Montreal on Thursday night for the latest in a long string of night marches, as Quebec’s provincial government prepared to introduce emergency legislation aimed at ending three months of demonstrations against university tuition hikes.

Wearing the familiar red color of the what has been the most sustained student protest in Canadian history, demonstrators — some wearing masks — blew horns and called the provincial premier’s name mockingly. They were closely watched by nearby patrol cars.

Authorities said 122 were arrested late Wednesday as thousands of demonstrators spilled into the streets of Montreal, with some smashing bank windows and hurling objects at police. Protests have been going on for three months.

Quebec Premier Jean Charest said the proposed legislation would not roll back the tuition hikes. Rather, it would temporarily halt the spring semester at faculties paralyzed by walkouts and push up the Login to read more

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