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From Orangutan: Mainstream headlines demonize Quebec student protesters (again!)

(video – 5 mars 2013, Montréal. Ostie d’grosse manif de soir contre la hausse éternelle from Mario Jean on Vimeo.)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, marked the rebirth of Montreal nocturnal protests against the commodification of university education. Below are a few of the sensationalist headlines (linked) that appeared in some of the city’s mainstream news . . . → Read More: From Orangutan: Mainstream headlines demonize Quebec student protesters (again!)

From Orangutan: Mainstream headlines demonize Quebec student protesters (again!)

(video – 5 mars 2013, Montréal. Ostie d’grosse manif de soir contre la hausse éternelle from Mario Jean on Vimeo.)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, marked the rebirth of Montreal nocturnal protests against the commodification of university education. Below are a few of the sensationalist headlines (linked) that appeared in some of the city’s mainstream news outlets the next day. These headlines demonize the protesters as violent criminals and sadly continue a shabby tradition of “news” coverage from last year’s Maple Spring.

English-language Media
Free tuition protest ends with smashed windows, arrests (CTV Montreal)
62 detained as protests resume (The Gazette)
Quebec student protest turns violent (Global Montreal)

French-language Media
Manifs: des commerçants veulent une police plus réactive (La Presse)
Droits de scolarité : comparution de six manifestants   (Radio Canada)
Violences et arrestations (TVA)

Sure, a MINORITY of protesters got out of control, but they do not represent the inspiring collective spirit of the MAJORITY of people walking peacefully through the streets of downtown Montreal, side by side, English- and French-speaking (among others), and with the common goal of universal accessibility to higher education.

On the encouraging side, the prize for most objective headline goes to CBC Montreal for
Students rekindle nighttime protest against tuition hikes (CBC Montreal). Et voilà. It can be done.

. . . → Read More: From Orangutan: Mainstream headlines demonize Quebec student protesters (again!)

Montreal Simon: The Quebec Students and the Little Red Square

The Grand Prix of Montreal is finally over, and sadly my favourite driver Anarcho Panda, the gentle mascot of the student movement, didn't win.

And although there were a lot of red squares and red Ferrari shirts at the race.

If you wore a red square anywhere near the Grand Prix activities you risked . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Quebec Students and the Little Red Square

From Orangutan: Video: Yù – Carré Rouge

This beautiful video and song Carré Rouge [Red Square] traces the history of the Quebec student movement, which started on February 13, 2012, and continues to this day. The Red Square has become a symbol that has far exceeded its initial cause, which was to boycott classes in response to the Liberal government’s proposal to raise tuition fees. Now, the Red Square is an international phenomenon representing a social crisis challenging neo-liberal economic systems not only in Quebec, but across Canada and throughout many parts of the world as well.

Descendons tous ensemble dans la rue [Let’s all hit the streets together]
Défendre nos idées, carré rouge sur le cœur… [Defend our ideas, with red squares on our hearts…] . . . → Read More: From Orangutan: Video: Yù – Carré Rouge

From Orangutan: Video: Yù – Carré Rouge

This beautiful video and song Carré Rouge [Red Square] traces the history of the Quebec student movement, which started on February 13, 2012, and continues to this day. The Red Square has become a symbol that has far exceeded its initial cause, which was to boycott classes in response to the Liberal government’s proposal . . . → Read More: From Orangutan: Video: Yù – Carré Rouge

From Orangutan: Merci, Arcade Fire,

Thank you, on behalf of the millions of international supporters of the Quebec student movement, for wearing the iconic red square or carré rouge during your appearance with The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger on the May 19th episode of Saturday Night Live. Awesome. . . . → Read More: From Orangutan: Merci, Arcade Fire,

From Orangutan: Merci, Arcade Fire,

Thank you, on behalf of the millions of international supporters of the Quebec student movement, for wearing the iconic red square or carré rouge during your appearance with The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger on the May 19th episode of Saturday Night Live. Awesome.

. . . → Read More: From Orangutan: Merci, Arcade Fire,