Students block Montreal highway in protest

by on March 23rd, 2005

http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2005/03/23/montreal-studentprotest050323.html

MONTREAL – Students protesting cuts to university grants briefly blocked rush-hour traffic in Montreal Wednesday, the latest in a series of actions against changes to education funding made by the provincial government.

Quebec provincial police moved in to clear away about 30 students who had been blocking Highway 40, one of the city’s two main east-west thoroughfares.

They have planned a series of sit-ins for later in the day, including at the office of Quebec Education Minister Jean-Marc Fournier and Premier Jean Charest’s riding office in Sherbrooke.

Quebec students, who pay the lowest tuition fees in the country, have been demonstrating for weeks against a plan to convert $103 million in grants to loans.

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