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Quebec government moves to end student strike

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Quebec government moves to end student strike


Quebec’s government has moved to end a mass strike by students over tuition fees in the Canadian province that has lasted for 14 weeks.

As Wednesday night again saw demonstrations and some trouble in Montreal, premier Jean Charest promised a new law to end the conflict.

Termtime in the worst-affected colleges is to be suspended until August. There will be measures designed to ensure that students wishing to study can attend classes, following blockades by protesters.

On Wednesday, around 100 demonstrators charged into one university building in defiance of a court injunction, ordering students to leave.

Despite more clashes in the streets, most demonstrations have been peaceful. Protesters booed people who threw missiles at police and marchers alike.

The authorities admit they are worried the trouble may damage tourism and the economy.

The students oppose plans to raise annual tuition fees by 75 percent in the predominantly French-speaking province. At present, they’re among the lowest in north America at the equivalent of around 1,700 euros a year.

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