Last night, around 8:30pm I went out to see the Quebect student protest. I walked along with the group with my camera to see what it was like.
Unfortunately I didn’t speak any French so I didn’t understood what they were saying, but I can’t imagine it being too pleasant. At one point they switched to English and were chanting “f##k the police.” But it wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that they were probably doing the same in French.
Regardless, the protest was peaceful, for the most part, people walked along the roads around downtown Montreal, the Molson brewery, the CBC building, the old Montreal, up Sherbrooke, down Saint Catherine. Funny how people think these students are terrorists. Some were putting up red stickers all over town, and I remember seeing one student depositing the sticker covers in the garbage, kinda ironic, thought these hardened criminals would litter the streets instead of using the garbage cans.
One thing I realized is that the income tax in Quebec is higher, if I made 80k a year, I would pay 6k more in Quebec than in Ontario. Also, as such, I would say the low tuition should be justified. The raise would make it more expensive to study in Quebecers because the value of the dollar is higher for them due to a high income tax.
What I did realize is that, there are almost no Asians in that group, I felt really out of the place walking with the group. But then I also realized that most of these students are probably in liberal arts, and the older group that are walking are either parents paying for an university student or carry somewhat of a financial burden.
Do I agree with the cost of education rising? No. I do agree that the parents and students have a right to peaceful demonstration, what I don’t agree with:
- Blocking off traffic from major roads and highway
- Certain subset of the protesters actively prevented people from attending classes
- Violence, and destruction of properties
Pictures from last night: