the red square revolt in quebec: 2012

Quebec: Red Square Revolt

It started with students — first a few at the Université Laval, and then hundreds of thousands, filling the streets every day and every night, wearing red squares (carrés rouges) to symbolize the giant debt they’d accrue if their government went ahead with proposed tuition hikes. Now the movement has turned into a bigger revolt against austerity measures in Quebec — a grève générale illimitée (#ggi) or unlimited general strike questioning the fundamentals of liberal democracy and capitalism. This short video summarizes the strike, its goals, and the persistence of protestors even as the Quebec government attempts to institute draconian anti-protest laws.

night marches, daily demonstrations, self-questioning, identity-forming, mass action, direct action, general assemblies and protests around the clock for over three months led to the passing of law 78, aka the baton law, on friday may 18. the new law says you are not allowed to picket at a university or college, you must stay 50 meters away from the campus. on may 22, 300,000 people gathered in the streets to protest the passing of this law. it was the largest single act of civil disobedience in canadian history. 

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