Student strike goes on in Montreal against high tuition fees
Houses in the Villeray sector in Montreal are decorated with red squares in support of the ongoing strike. The translation means “Squarely in the red” and is a French wordplay meaning the students are trapped in debt because of raise in tuitions.
So while it is holiday season for most Montrealers, the students and their supporters haven’t forgotten the ongoing student strike that has over 176 000 students boycotting classes in the francophone province of Canada. The strike started on February 13, 2012. Since then, there has been hundreds of demonstrations, flash mobs and other disobedience actions by protesters. The issue is a 75% raise in tuitions fees for all university students of the province initiated by Quebec’s Prime Minister Jean Charest and his cabinet..
A silent solidarity gesture for the strike has now moved to the houses of protesters and their fans who show their support by putting a red square (made of any available material) on their windows,balconies and terraces.
This series of images was taken July 13 and 15, 2012