700 Arrested as Quebec Protests Continue (Video)
Quebec Students Protest Fee Hikes, Draconian Free-Speech Law
Mass Arrests in Montreal and Quebec City have landed 700 protesters behind bars, as month-long protests against university fee hikes continue. The government of Quebec has bent over backwards to criminalize mass demonstration in the province.
Bill 78 (pdf), hastily passed and ill-concieved, is more at home in Putin's Russia than in Canada, and yet here we are. Quebeckers have begun to back the students, as they realize that their own rights have been compromised. What started as university-fee protests have evolved into Bill 78 protests.
Rather than simply follow a demonstration's path, police are demanding to know a march's route in advance, but only so that they can set up kettling areas.
Kettling is, basically, when police surround protesters and declare the area to be a civil-rights-free zone. As you may imagine, it's an unpopular practice. Kettling is widely used by police in London during demonstrations and protests.
Quebec's citizens have not stopped protesting, though: you can see eyewitness video footage below.